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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Spaid sentenced to 37 years

  • The sentencing for Billie Spaid took place on Wednesday. Find out the details here.
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  • The public defender had her left hand on Billie Spaid's back as he appeared to be shaking. All eyes were on Judge Rick Tucker and the only sound in the courtroom was that of a clock ticking for what seemed like minutes, but in reality was only seconds, as all awaited Spaid's fate.
    Spaid, 36, was arrested in 2010 for felony statutory rape in the first degree, class C felony statutory rape in the second degree, felony enticement of a child, class A misdemeanor furnishing pornographic materials to a child, class C felony endangering the welfare of a child and felony statutory sodomy in the first degree. These charges were dropped July 29, 2011 and refiled in October 2011. He was sentenced at a hearing Wednesday in the Macon County Courthouse.
    "At the time I didn't know it was wrong," said Spaid during his statement. "I wish I would not have done it. I just wanted her [Spaid's daughter] to have a real life. A good life. I tried to give her and be a good father to her, but I messed it up like I messed everything up in life."
    Christina Spaid, 35, who was arrested in 2011 for the charges of unlawful sexual contact with an animal, use of a minor in a sexual performance, statutory sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child, was present to testify against her husband.
    "I was tired of hiding the secret," said Christina Spaid. "I felt that it needed to be said, but I also know that I am just as responsible."
    She was sentenced to seven years in prison on April 2013.
    Spaid's daughter, who was one of three victims, was not present for the sentencing, but Macon County Children's Division Child Division Worker II Amnity Waldron read a letter from her.
    "Dad, you ruined my life," began the letter. "You made it where I do not know how normal really works … Because of you I do not have good health. I do not sleep good. I cannot express my emotions. Because of you I did not have a childhood…"
    According to Waldron, Spaid's daughter was put into their custody in 2010 and spent the first two years in residential treatment. In January of this year, however, she was showing improvements — that was until the sentencing.
    "She was placed in a community setting foster home," said Waldron. "She has had a few ups and downs but the family has been able to work with her to handle the emotional things she is going through… actually, up until today, at which point I was notified that she was hospitalized at the psychiatric center."
    Spaid's daughter will remain in the custody of the Macon County Children's Division until the age of 21 when they will then try to establish her.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Our system of justice is about restoring freedom, creating freedom, building freedom or whatever it takes to get to freedom," said Judge Tucker. "Your daughter is spending an enormous amount of her lifetime trying to find freedom. If you are incarcerated that will enhance her freedom, therapy and her treatment so she can find some sense of freedom knowing you aren't out there."
    With the room silent and the clock ticking, Judge Tucker began his sentencing.
    "Count III is the felony of enticement of a child," said Tucker. "You did more than that. So on count III you are sentenced to 30 years at the department of corrections."
    Spaid immediately starts calculating aloud how old he will be when released when Judge Tucker continues.
    "Now we have counts I, II, IV and V," said Judge Tucker. "And on each of those counts you are going to get seven years concurrent with each other but it will be consecutive to that 30 years, so you are getting 37 years. Now you can calculate."
    Spaid's response: "But I am going to die in there."
    "Do the best you can," said Judge Tucker. "You are remanded to the sheriff."
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