Man sentenced to 15 years for criminal sexual assault

Man sentenced to 15 years for criminal sexual assault

URBANA — An Urbana man who pleaded guilty to having sex with a teen-age girl was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.

James Lee Kimble, 58, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of South Lierman Avenue, will have to spend at least 12 years of that in prison and register for life as a sex offender.

In February, Kimble pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd to criminal sexual assault. He admitted that in September and October, he had sex with a girl under the age of 18 against her will in Urbana.

In an effort to get Kimble a longer sentence, Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett had Boonville, Mo., police detective Eric Moss testify that Kimble was arrested and charged in that state in 2008 for having sex with a then 25-year-old woman against her will, but the charges were later dismissed.

Bennett said the circumstances of both crimes were strikingly similar. He and Urbana police investigators found the previous case when Kimble mentioned it during an interview with Urbana police.

Moss testified that the victim reported Kimble tried to strangle her when she fought off his advances. He told the Boonville police that the sex was consensual, Bennett said, a theme he repeated with Urbana police in the case from last fall.

Bennett sought the maximum 15-year sentence while Assistant Public Defender Janie Miller-Jones asked for a sentence closer to the minimum four years in prison.

Kimble had prior convictions from Missouri for burglary and domestic battery, Bennett said.

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