On April 5, 2011, Michael Burgund walked into the Alton Police Department and told officials that he had sexually assaulted toddlers in his family -- two girls, ages two and three.
Now, the 30-year-old Alton man will spend the rest of his life in prison, says Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons, who announced that Burgund, found guilty in December, has officially been sentenced.
"Michael Burgund is a predator, and he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison for the heinous acts that he committed," Gibbons says in a statement. "Our victims were brave, little girls who did not deserve this abuse. I'm glad that the defendant is being removed from society and will never again be able to prey on children."
What charges did he ultimately face?
Officials say that jurors deliberated for a total of six hours before finding Burgund guilty of sexually assaulting the two young girls, starting in June 2008. In July 2011, prosecutors filed to seek natural life in prison, based on the number of predatory criminal sexual assault counts filed -- as well as the fact that he had committed the crime against two victims.
Typically, the maximum penalty for a Class X felony of this sort is 30 years, but after prosecutors pushed for a tougher sentence given these especially horrific circumstances, Chief Judge Ann Callis sentenced him to life.
When Burgund appeared in court in December of last year, he broke down crying -- and argued at times that he didn't remember committing any of these crimes and couldn't believe any of this had happened.
The sentencing was announced late Friday afternoon.
Here's the full announcement from the Office of the State's Attorney:
Edwardsville-- Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons announced this afternoon that an Alton man will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting two family members.
Michael S. Burgund was convicted on December 10, 2012, o f five counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault. Jury selection began on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in the case against Burgund (d.o.b. 12/11/82) who was charged on April 5, 2011 after he walked into the Alton Police Department and admitted that he committed the crimes for which he was later charged.
Jurors deliberated about six hours before finding Burgund guilty of sexually assaulting two female family members, ages 2 and 3, beginning in June 2008.
On July 13, 2011, prosecutors filed a Notice of Intention to Seek Natural Life in Prison based on the number of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault counts filed as well as the fact that he committed the crime against two victims. Normally, the maximum penalty for a Class X felony is 6-30 years. As a result, Chief Judge Ann Callis sentenced Burgund to the mandatory natural life in prison.
State's Attorney Gibbons commended the work of Assistant State's Attorneys Amy Gabriel and Crystal Uhe who prosecuted the case. "This was a very difficult case for everyone involved. My staff, along with the Child Advocacy Center, the Alton Police Department and the physicians, worked very hard to ensure that justice was done for these little girls," said Gibbons. "Michael Burgund is a predator and he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison for the heinous acts that he committed. Our victims were brave, little girls who did not deserve this abuse. I'm glad that the defendant is being removed from society and will never again be able to prey on children."
Gibbons also thanked the jurors for their service.
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