An Odessa resident’s two-day jury trial has ended in a guilty verdict. Joseph Sprofera, 46, was convicted Tuesday in Clay County of three felony counts of statutory sodomy. The charges stemmed from acts allegedly carried out in 2000 and 2002. Tuesday marked the third time in which Sprofera was found guilty of abusing a former foster child. He was first convicted in 2010 and again in 2012. Sprofera was found guilty of statutory rape in the 2010 trial and received seven years in the DOC. It was the 2012 verdict that resulted in a life term in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Sprofera was convicted of a single statutory rape charge in the case. The sentence is currently being reviewed by an appeals court.
Sprofera is expected back in court for a motion hearing on June 21. He has requested a new trial and must submit the necessary paperwork no later than May 24.
A sentencing assessment report has been ordered. Sprofera faces two additional life sentences.