ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis jury has recommended a 75-year prison sentence for a cable TV repairman convicted of sexually assaulting a customer.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/10xq9Hh ) reports that jurors on Thursday convicted 22-year-old Michael Helderle of four felony counts, and recommended the sentence on Friday. Formal sentencing is June 27.
Helderle installed cable at the victim's apartment in O'Fallon, Mo., in December. He asked her out via a text that night. That was reported and Helderle was fired.
The next day, the victim was video chatting with her boyfriend, who was in the Air Force and 1,700 miles away, when Helderle broke open the door, tied her up and assaulted her. The boyfriend contacted police. Helderle jumped from the second-floor apartment but was later captured and confessed.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com