Missouri man sentenced to life for molestation
PLATTE CITY (AP) - A northwest Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for molesting an 8-year-old girl.
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said in a news release Tuesday that 50-year-old Fentress Maurice Wilson of Riverside was sentenced to life for statutory sodomy because prosecutors proved that he had previously molested three other girls. Wilson will not be eligible for parole until 2052.
Three of the other victims testified during the sentencing phase that Wilson's sexual abuse dated back decades.
Current Missouri law does not allow juries to hear about prior abuse until after a conviction on the original charge.
Zahnd leads a committee pushing a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitutional that would allow juries to hear about a defendant's prior criminal offenses before deciding on the original charge.