given 12 years
molesting young girl
Mark Sprinkle, 42, Sedalia was sentenced in the Platte
County Circuit Court on Oct. 10, to 12 years in the Missouri
Department of Adult Institutions.
Sprinkle was found guilty by a Platte County jury on
Aug. 29, of two counts of child molestation in the first
degree. Sprinkle was living in the Northcrest Apartments
in Riverside when the offenses occurred in the spring
The victim, a seven to eight year-old girl at the time
of the offenses, was a relative of Sprinkle's. She was
residing in the defendant's household in order to complete
her school year, prior to relocating to be with her mother.
The jury recommended sentences of six years on each of
the counts. Child molestation in the first degree is a
class C felony with a maximum range of punishment of seven
years in the department of corrections. Platte County
Circuit Judge Abe Shafer followed the jury's recommendations
and ordered Sprinkle to serve those sentences consecutively.
"I am extremely pleased with the court's sentence
today," explained Tammy J. Glick, Platte County Prosecuting
"The jurors of Platte County recommended six years
on each count and by following that recommendation and
ordering consecutive sentences, we can rest assured Mr.
Sprinkle will not be preying on other young children for
a long time."