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www.ksdk.com – A teen who was 13 when he sodomized and assaulted a 6-year-old neighbor has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Sherman Burnett was sentenced Thursday. He had earlier pleaded guilty after he was certified to stand trial as an adult. He was the youngest inmate ever housed at the St. Louis County jail.

The victim was found more than 13 hours after she disappeared. It happened in November 2005.

The girl's babysitter had dropped her off in front of her home on Rhea Street in Spanish Lake. For the next 13 hours, the child became the subject of an area-wide search, including SARAA and Amber Alerts.

Around 5:30 a.m. the next day, St. Louis County Police found the child semi-conscious in the backyard of a neighbor's home, 200 feet from the girl's house. She was badly beaten and cold.

Investigators believe she had crawled from some nearby train tracks where the assault may have occurred.

At the sentencing Thursday, the judge said the victim wrote that she wanted her attacker to spend 60 years in prison, which is what the judge decided the sentence would be.

The sentence includes 20 years for assault, 20 years for kidnapping, 10 years for sodomy, and 10 years for attempted sodomy.

The sentences will be consecutive, and Burnett would be eligible for parlole after 51 years in prison.

Burnett's attorneys had asked that he be placed in a program for violent juveniles. The judge rejected that request. (News - Law) Views:

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