A Schaller man was sentenced July 6 in Sac County Court to what amounts to a life term for child abuse.
Joseph Doyle Garriott, 57, of 100 S. Berwick Street in Schaller, was sentenced to three consecutive 25-year prison terms, according to Sac County Attorney Earl Hardisty. Garriott had earlier served a 10-year sentence after a 1972 Illinois conviction for deviant sexual behavior. Hardisty said Garriott was not required to register as a sexual offender since his earlier conviction predated sexual offender registry laws.
Hardisty said a total of six male and female victims between the ages of 5 and 11 were involved in incidents that date to five years ago. After an investigation that began in December 2003, Garriott was arrested. He was sentenced in June on three counts of sexual abuse, a Class B felony which carries a mandatory 25-year sentence. Since the three sentences run consecutively, Garriott will be eligible for parole in 52 years - at age 109.
"Some of them were close friends of the family," Hardisty said of the victims. As part of a plea agreement, Garriott pled guilty to the three cases for which he was sentenced in June, "to keep him in jail for the rest of his life," Hardisty said. As part of the plea agreement, Garriott was not prosecuted on three additional counts.