Stoddard Co. rapist's conviction upheld, will serve 163+ year sentence

Stoddard Co. rapist's conviction upheld, will serve 163+ year sentence

STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Stoddard County, Missouri man who was arrested and convicted of rape - among other charges - in 2014 will serve his initial sentence, despite an appeal.

The Eastern District Court of Appeals has affirmed the conviction and sentence of Steven Rendleman.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence without issuing an opinion, finding simply that no error occurred in the trial (see attached mandate from Eastern District Court of Appeals)

Rendleman was sentenced to 163 years plus 2 life sentences without the possibility of parole for kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, assault of a law enforcement officer, and armed criminal action committed in Stoddard County on March 17, 2012.

Rendleman was found guilty of all counts by a Franklin County jury on May 22, 2014.

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver commented that he was "very pleased" with the mandate of the Court of Appeals.

"This decision brings final closure to the victim and all involved in these atrocious crimes as well as the Defendant's victims in the prior rapes he committed," said Oliver.

"The sentence the Defendant received made certain that the Defendant will never take one single breath as a free man, this decision from the Court of Appeals ensures that the sentence imposed will never be vacated and without question will be executed."

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