A Bethalto man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison following his guilty plea to a crime against a 10-year-old girl. 35-year-old Chad Markel entered his guilty plea on Monday and was sentenced to two consecutive 11 and a half year prison sentences, of which he must serve at least 85-percent.
Markel pleaded guilty to two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Authorities say the crime took place between August 24, 2012 and August 24, 2014, against a family member. Madison County prosecutors agreed to drop three previous counts of the same crime in exchange for the plea. In addition to the prison time, he will be listed as a sex offender.