DECATUR — A Decatur man pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and sexually abusing two girls younger than 13 and will serve a 25-year prison sentence.
Wesley A. Tyson, 41, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and told Judge Thomas Griffith he was willing to accept a plea deal with the prison term negotiated by his defense attorney, Timothy Tighe. Tyson was sentenced to 22 years on one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, and sentenced to three years on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. The sentences will run consecutively.
Tyson, who is being held in the Macon County Jail, will be formally sentenced Nov. 1 when victim impact statements will be read into the court record. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
As part of the plea agreement worked out with Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz, 12 additional charges of predatory criminal sexual assault were dismissed, along with 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of child pornography.
Outlining the case against Tyson, Kurtz said he came into contact with the victims through his dating relationship with a woman. The original total of 25 charges covered November 2010 to January this year.
After his arrest in February and arraignment March 7, Tyson initially pleaded not guilty to all charges, and prosecutors prepared a case against him involving video testimony from the child victims.