A South Roxana man has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for the sexual assault of a young family member. 63-year-old James Donnelly of the 500 block of Missouri Avenue received the sentence this week from Madison County Judge Kyle Napp after he pleaded guilty last December to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.
Donnelly had been accused of abusing the 10-year-old girl on several occasions at the child’s home in 2013. A civil case filed by the child’s mother on the victim’s behalf is pending in Madison County Court against Donnelly and his then wife Gloria, who the suit alleges did nothing to stop the abuse. The civil suit seeks damages of at least $50,000. Madison County Court records show the couple filed for divorce last month.