Former Parachute man sentenced to 12 years for sexual assault of child |

Former Parachute man sentenced to 12 years for sexual assault of child

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A former Parachute man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter when she was 4.Michael Keith Lacefield, 41, was convicted by a jury in September on one count of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, and three counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The sentence was handed down by 9th Judicial District Judge Denise Lynch after an approximately two-hour hearing, according to District Attorney Martin Beeson.Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cheney, who prosecuted the case, had argued for a 14-year prison sentence. He said Lacefield’s sentence should represent the number of years of the girl’s childhood that were stolen.Lacefield first was suspected six years after the assaults, based on comments the victim made to her grandmother.During sentencing, the grandmother told the court two questions the girl wants answers to: “What is a daddy?” and “Why me?” according to Beeson.Lynch said 12 years represents a sentence that will provide for rehabilitation, pursue the protection of society, and mete out appropriate punishment, Beeson said.Beeson said he was pleased with the sentence, and that it should send a message to others that child predators and people who commit sex crimes will be prosecuted vigorously.

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