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Michelet Saint Louis, 48, was found guilty of four counts of incest following a jury trial in April.
Michelet Saint Louis
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
A Roanoke man on Monday received a prison sentence that will likely keep him behind bars well into his 80s.
Michelet Saint Louis, 48, was found guilty of four counts of incest following a jury trial in April. Jurors in the case recommended he serve 12 years on each of those four counts.
That recommendation was upheld Monday by Judge William Broadhurst, who at Saint Louis’ sentencing in Roanoke Circuit Court handed down a 48-year term.
If Saint Louis serves 85 percent of his sentence — the general average for prisoners in Virginia with good behavior — and counting the two years he’s already served on the charges, he should be eligible for release after about 39 years, or just before he turns 90.
Saint Louis was arrested in May 2011 after a relative accused him of repeatedly sexually assaulting her several years earlier.
Roanoke Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joshua Dietz said the assaults began in 2003, when the victim was in middle school, and continued until about 2005 or 2006. The incidents were reported to police in 2009.
“This case is built on corroborative evidence” from counselors, Dietz told Broadhurst. “This is not just a he-said-she-said case.”
Saint Louis took the witness stand at the hearing and spoke for about 25 minutes, maintaining his innocence, disputing that he is a blood relative of the victim, citing acrimony with another relative as a motivating factor in the complaints, and taking issue with individual points of the prosecution’s evidence.
“The jury resolved these factual disputes, and they resolved them against you,” Broadhurst told Saint Louis, who through his defense attorney expressed his intention to appeal the conviction. The judge assigned a co-counsel to the case to assist Saint Louis’ public defender and reminded Saint Louis he has 30 days in which to file an appeal.
An additional count of animate object sexual penetration, involving another relative, was dismissed by prosecutors Monday against Saint Louis. A $25,000 fine against Saint Louis was also suspended by the judge.
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