LIMA — A Lima man who pleaded guilty to multiple rapes of children has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison.
Keith Overmyer, 66, appeared in court for a sentencing hearing Thursday morning after entering into a plea deal that would dismiss 10 of the 14 felony charges brought against him.
The remaining four first-degree felony rape charges were enough for Judge Jeffrey Reed to hand down consecutive mandatory sentences tallying 35 years to life.
Reed said after reviewing the documentation detailing Overmyer’s crimes, which involved multiple rapes of three minor girls over a two-year period, he decided that three of the sentences would be served consecutively to pay homage to the victims, and the fourth — a 10-year term — would be served concurrently.
Victim statements from the three children were read in court during the sentencing hearing. All three explained that they will be dealing with diagnosed trauma from Overmyer’s actions throughout their lives, and they recommended decades-long sentences for him out of fear for themselves and their future families if he was to be released.
All three explained how they were dealing with uncontrolled bouts of crying and ongoing nightmares as a result of the experiences.
“He told me if he goes to jail, he’d slit my throat,” one of the three victims had written.
Similar statements convinced Assistant Prosecutor Rebecca King-Newman to recommend maximum consecutive sentences for Overmyer. After reviewing police reports and other evidence of wrongdoing, she said one of the victims had said, “Well, he’s going to kill us” as police arrested Overmyer.
“That stood out in this case,” King-Newman said.
Overmyer had few words in his defense.
“I’m really sorry. I wasn’t in my right mind. I really loved them, but I didn’t threaten them,” he said.
The victims had known Overmyer as an authority figure, which Reed said facilitated his actions.
Additional details behind the case have been sealed by the court after Assistant Kenneth Sturgill Prosecutor filed a motion earlier this year asking that the affidavit in support of an arrest warrant be kept from public inspection.
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