Dittmer Man Gets Another Decade Tacked onto His Half Century Prison Sentence

(St. Louis) A Jefferson County man has received another decade to add to an already 50-year federal prison sentence he is already serving for the sexual exploitation of a minor.

The new 10-year sentence for Earl Rice Jr. will be tacked onto the end of his current sentence so it’s 60 years of being confined behind bars.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office says on April 11th of 2018, Jefferson County deputies received a tip that Rice Jr., who had active arrest warrants and a pending sexual assault charge in St. Clair County, was preparing to flee to avoid arrest.

Rice had a .45-caliber pistol in his pocket when he was arrested.

After the arrest, deputies found more than 70 other rifles and shotguns, along with two silencers.

In 2018, Rice had been indicted in St. Louis on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of firearms without serial numbers.

The 63-year-old was convicted by a jury on those charges in March.

Rice was also indicted in 2019 in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois for child enticement, traveling with the intent to engage in sex with a minor and producing sexually explicit images of that minor.

Back on Valentine’s Day in 2018, Rice Jr. drove from his home in Dittmer to the victim’s home in Belleville, Illinois.

He then took the girl to a motel where he engaged in acts of sexual assault with the girl and that’s when he produced the sexually explicit images of her.

Last year is when Rice was convicted of those charges and that’s when he received his 50 year sentence.