A sentencing hearing for a Sedalia man convicted of statutory sodomy has been continued.
A sentencing hearing took place Wednesday morning for Andrew Joseph Skutnick Jr., 55, of the 300 block of North Hill Avenue, but he has not been officially sentenced, as Judge Robert L. Koffman did not sign the final judgment during Wednesday’s hearing.
“We rescheduled the sentencing because there was a statute presented to the judge in the hearing that would’ve mandated a particular outcome, and it is not applicable to (Skutnick’s) case,” Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Sawyer said. “So we have rescheduled the sentencing hearing for a future date for the judge to consider all possible outcomes.”
Sawyer said the next sentencing hearing, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, will “redo what we’ve done thus far” regarding sentencing.
“We had the hearing but we will have another hearing that will result in a final sentence and judgment entered by the court,” Sawyer said. “The issue here is the argument over what the proper range of punishment is. … The judge felt he was required to issue a certain sentence and the statute that was presented to him wasn’t applicable.”
According to online court documents, the following sentence was presented Wednesday, but is not official: life in prison without parole on two counts of first degree statutory sodomy involving a child less than 12 years old, 10 years on one count of first degree attempted statutory sodomy involving a child less than 12 years old, and five years on one count of first degree child molestation involving a child less than 14 years old.
The proposed sentences were to run concurrently.
Court documents state Sawyer presented on behalf of the State during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, and Skutnick appeared in person along with his attorney, Jeffrey Nilson.
A motion for a new trial was entered, but denied by the court, which proceeded with the sentencing hearing.
According to a release from Sawyer, Skutnick was convicted by a Pettis County jury that reached a verdict Feb. 19 on four counts of felonious acts with a child that were alleged to have occurred in 2014 in Sedalia.
From the four-count indictment, the defendant was found guilty on two counts of first degree statutory sodomy involving a child less than 12 years old, one count of first degree attempted statutory sodomy involving a child less than 12 years old and one count of first degree child molestation involving a child less than 14 years old.
Sawyer presented the matter on behalf of the State and Nilson served as counsel for the defense. Robert Koffman, Circuit Judge for the 18th Circuit Court, presided over the matter.
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