A 43-year-old Starke County man has been sentenced after being found guilty on three counts of Child Molesting as a Class A felony.
Special Judge John M. Marnocha from St. Joseph Superior Court sentenced Steven L. O’Bryant in Starke Circuit Court yesterday to serve 150 years in prison. O’Bryant was found guilty of the charges after a jury trial in his case in early November. A dozen witnesses were called to the stand, including ten from the state and two from the defense. The jury took less than two hours to find that he was guilty of molesting a juvenile while he stayed at that juvenile’s Starke County residence over the course of two months from March 30 to May 30.
O’Bryant had previously been released from the Department of Corrections on June 6, 2011, after serving time in another Starke County case for the murder of an elderly Knox woman 25 years ago, on Oct. 28, 1987. He was released from the Department of Corrections on parole June 27, 2011, and he was released from parole on Jan. 9 this year.