sentenced to 10 years with four suspended
English Burnett, Editor
Nearly five years after a nine-year-old was molested, her perpetrator
was brought to justice.
Justin McGuire, 25, of Versailles responded to the charge of Child
Molesting, a Class B Felony with a guilty plea in May of this
year, just days before a jury trial was set to begin. He was sentenced
Tuesday, July 28 to the minimum allowed by law, ten years with
four suspended to probation.
Defense attorney John Watson referred to the pre-sentence investigation
document, stating that McGuire had only a minor brush with the
law, a minor consuming charge that was even knocked down to a
pre-trial diversion. He offered the statement that his client
is unlikely to re-offend. He also referred to the number of hearings
in the case with respect to the defendants mental condition.
He cited his clients intelligence quota as being in the
borderline range of mental retardation.
Prosecuting Attorney Ric Hertel also recommended the ten-year,
four-year suspended sentence.
All involved were on the same page with the sentence recommendation,
which Ripley County Circuit Court Judge Carl Taul granted. The
defendant will also be required to pay court costs, and after
serving his prison term, be on probation following the conditions
set forth for sex offenders. He will also be required to complete
the sex offender and monitoring program either in prison or upon
The conditions of probation were made clear to McGuire with the
Judge specifically asking him if he had read and understood them.
He said he had.
Judge Taul immediately remanded McGuire to police custody with
ISP Det. Tom Baxter escorting him to the Ripley County Jail.
The case has been ongoing since 2007 when the victim reported
to her mother that the incident had taken place at a relatives
home in Ripley County while visiting in January of 2004. The victim
lives in Florida. According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, the
Indiana State Police and Florida authorities worked together and
charges were filed in Ripley County in the fall of 2007.
The case had taken many twists and turns and shortly after the
guilty plea was entered in May, the prosecutor told the newspaper
it was a tremendous victory for the victim. On Tuesday after the
final decision, the prosecutor said he still felt relieved for
the victim in the respect she didnt have to testify.