A Riverside man has been sentenced to life in prison for molesting an 8-year-old girl.
Fentress Maurice Wilson, 50, had previously sexually assaulted three other girls. The attacks involving the 8-year-old occurred between August 2010 and November 2011, said Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd.
“The eight-year-old victim in this case showed unbelievable courage by telling the jury what the defendant did to her,” Zahnd said in a statement.
Wilson was found guilty in June of first-degree statutory sodomy following a criminal trial held in two phases.
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In the first phase, prosecutors secured a guilty verdict from the jury. In the sentencing phase, prosecutors presented testimony that Wilson had an extensive history of committing sex crimes against children.
A little-used provision of Missouri law mandates a life sentence for predatory sexual offenders, Zahnd said.
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