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Boy, 15, sentenced to 60 years in prison for assault

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – A St. Louis County boy was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday for beating and sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl when he was 13.

Sherman Burnett Junior - who's now 15 - pleaded guilty to sodomy, attempted rape, kidnapping and assault.

The judge said the boy is an apparent threat to the community, and decided not to send him to a juvenile program, where he could have gotten out at age 21.

A police officer found the girl after a massive neighborhood search. Her injuries included a skull fracture, a torn ear and a lacerated liver.

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