Defendant being prosecuted as repeat offender, could face life imprisonment if convicted

A Hannibal man pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of statutory sodomy in Marion County Circuit Court on Monday, Dec. 4.

Eugene C. Smith, of Hannibal, entered the plea before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd. E. Rex Bradley represents the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represents the state. If convicted of the charge, Smith could spend the rest of his life behindbars.

According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Department probable cause statement, Smith faces a felony first-degree statutory sodomy charge following an incident on or about Sept. 17. Because Smith was previously convicted of rape in a prior Shelby County case, he would be sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole if convicted of the charges.

According to the statement, Smith allegedly molested a minor under the age of 14, who reported the incident to his mother. She then confronted the defendant, who denied the allegations. During a subsequent interview at The Child Center Monday, Sept. 18, the child described in detail how Smith molested him.

Smith remains incarcerated in the Marion County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled to appear for a plea or trial setting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12.