A Madison County jury is sending an Alton man to prison after finding him guilty of two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.  48-year-old James A. Steele was found guilty Thursday after the jury deliberated for about 90 minutes.  His victim was 5-years-old at the time of the crimes in December of 2012 when he was in a relationship with her mother.

The mother reported Steele to Alton Police, which initiated an investigation.  Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons tells The Big Z the testimony of the victim played an important part in convicting Steele.

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Sentencing will come in 6-8 weeks.  The normal penalty range for a Class X felony is 6-30 years in prison, but Steele could be eligible for an extended sentence of 12-60 years due to the circumstances of the case.


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