“On behalf of the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney's office, I'm hopeful that the victim and victim's family can find some piece of mind knowing that Francis Ossowski will be serving a life sentence in prison and will never victimize another child. A very brave victim and a thorough investigation resulted in an admitted child molester being removed from our society. I would like to thank the Morgan County Sheriff's Department for their hard work and dedication to this case and for all the hard work the Sheriff's Department does in child victim cases,” commented Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Dunklee.

A Linn Creek man has been sentenced to life in prison for first degree statutory sodomy in Morgan County.

Judge Kenneth Hayden sentenced Francis Roy Ossowski to life in prison for two counts of the unclassified felony on January 8, 2018.

On November 13, 2017, the 69-year-old defendant entered an “open plea” of guilty, according to a press release from the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. An “open plea” is entered when the defendant does not desire a trial but has no offer from the State of Missouri. The range of punishment for the Unclassified Felony of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree, where the victim is less than 12 years old, is no less than 10 years up to life in prison.

A sentencing assessment report was ordered by Judge Hayden and the case was set for sentencing on January 8, 2018 at the time of the guilty plea. Both parties had an opportunity to argue for sentencing on Monday. 

The defendant requested 10 years on both counts in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Morgan County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Derik Kinde spoke on behalf of the State, the victim and the victim’s family and requested life in prison, according to the press release.

After argument Judge Hayden sentenced Ossowski to two concurrent terms of life in prison.

“On behalf of the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, I’m hopeful that the victim and victim’s family can find some piece of mind knowing that Francis Ossowski will be serving a life sentence in prison and will never victimize another child. A very brave victim and a thorough investigation resulted in an admitted child molester being removed from our society. I would like to thank the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department for their hard work and dedication to this case and for all the hard work the Sheriff’s Department does in child victim cases,” commented Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Dunklee.

This case was prosecuted by Dunklee and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Derik Kinde.