Joshua Keadle found guilty

By: Ashley Harding
aharding@klkntv.com

Just two days of testimony and about three hours of deliberation, that's all it took for a jury to reach their verdict in the Joshua Keadle case.

It was a victory for the prosecution. After Thursday afternoon's verdict, Joshua Keadle could soon be heading to prison.

30-year-old Joshua Keadle had little say as he was being led through the Dodge County Courthouse earlier Thursday. However, after hearing the words, “We find the defendant, guilty” and asked if he thought the verdict was fair, he responded with, “What do you think?'

After just a few days of testimony and a few hours of deliberations, the jury decided they didn't but Keadle's defense that he couldn't have committed the sexual assault because he couldn't perform.

You may remember earlier in the week, the victim testified that on that night in December 2008, she was hanging out with Keadle, then 27-years-old, and an 18-year-old man in an apartment. She said she had sex with the younger man, then fell asleep alone. She said she woke up to someone having sex with her, but thought it was the other man, and was surprised to see Keadle putting his clothes back on.

As we told you earlier, Keadle admitted during a taped police interview that he wanted to have sex, and that he climbed into bed with her. Again, his attorney said he couldn't have assaulted her because he couldn't perform, but as you know now, that claim was unsuccessful and Keadle isn't happy.

This isn't Keadle's first brush with the law. He was a person of interest in the 2010 disappearance of 19-year-old Tyler Thomas. Authorities say he was the last person to be seen with her. No charges have been filed in that case.

Sentencing has been set for next month. He could be facing up to 50 years behind bars.