- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - A man convicted of breaking into a Kingman home and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl after forcing her siblings into a nearby room by knifepoint was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison.

Matthew Budweiser Jackson, 32, will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release and be on lifetime probation, the Kingman Daily Miner reported (http://bit.ly/1stUQvA ).

Mohave County District Court Judge Derek Carlisle said he believed remorse Jackson expressed was genuine but could not make up for the nature of his offense.

“When you commit sexual assault against a child, you will affect that child for the rest of his or her life in very negative ways,” Carlisle said.

Jackson forced his way into the home Jan. 9, knowing no parents were there, prosecutors said. He herded the four children into a room at knifepoint and then took the girl to the kitchen, where he assaulted her.

A 15-year-old brother led the other siblings into a bedroom, and they climbed out of a window to safety, according to court documents.

Jackson was arrested about a month later after leaving DNA evidence behind.

Jackson did not know the victims, but they did attend the same church, authorities said.

The victim’s mother said that all of her children have been traumatized and have had to go to months of counseling.

“They’ve already had a rough life. I can’t even explain how this is going to affect them for the rest of their lives,” said the single mother, who The Associated Press is not identifying because her daughter is a victim of sexual assault.

Jackson pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of sexual assault of a minor under age 15 and one count of sexual abuse of a minor. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a second charge of sexual assault as well as multiple charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary.

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Information from: Kingman Daily Miner, http://www.kingmandailyminer.com

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