Jase Stanton faces nearly 50 years in prison for aggravated criminal sodomy.
In Riley County District Court on Monday, Judge Meryl Wilson gave the 30-year-old a sentence of 592 months.
Stanton was convicted of one count of aggravated criminal sodomy in late February in connection with a June 2015 incident in which Stanton took two men back to his home after a night of drinking and sexually assaulted them.
This is not Stanton’s first conviction on sex-related charges. In 2005, while deployed, he was accused of assaulting another soldier. In 2009, he was found guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault in Johnson County.
In late February, Stanton was sentenced to 18 years for his failure to register as a sex offender. Those years will be served concurrently with the sentence handed down Monday.
Stanton and his mother both made tearful statements to the judge asking for leniency and attempting to explain the circumstances which led to the crime, namely Stanton’s alcohol addiction. His mother said Jace’s family has a history of addictive behavior. She requested he not be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison but “be administered a sentence of rehabilitation and help.”
Friends and family members sent more than a dozen letters to the court asking for leniency in sentencing for Stanton.
In his statement to the court, Stanton maintained his innocence.
“Although this court has found me guilty of the crime I have been accused of, I maintain that at no point did I knowingly or intentionally assault (the victim.)” Deputy Riley County attorney Bethany Fields cited Stanton’s lack of admission of guilt as one of the numerous reasons she asked the court to impose the maximum sentence.
She said he had a chance at rehabilitation after receiving probation for the sexual assault conviction in 2015 and asked the court to impose a lengthy sentence for this crime.