Eagle lands in prison for 45 years for sex offenses

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man could serve the next 45 years in prison for his actions against a minor.

Jack A. Eagle, 61, of Titusville, Fla., and originally from Shepherdsville, was convicted by a jury on three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress called it the most “vile” offenses he’s heard about in his entire legal career.

At Tuesday’s final sentencing, Eagle showed no emotion during a very emotional hearing. Burress agreed with the jury’s recommendation and gave Eagle three 15-year sentences to be served consecutively.

Eagle still faces a trial in September on two charges of sexual abuse against another victim.

During the hearing, defense attorney Kristin Perdue presented no witnesses and did not question two female victims who made powerful statements to Burress.

The victim in this particular case said the offenses against her occurred from the age of 3 until 10. She feared Eagle every time she was around him but went along with the acts of sexual abuse because that is what she thought she should be doing.

“I wake up scared,” the victim said of her current state of mind, three years after getting away from the abuser.

“I’m still afraid a lot of times,” she added.

She recalled the scary times when Eagle entertained people that she knew were involved in the drug business. She said there were a lot of bad people at the home.

“He doesn’t care that he hurt me,” said the teenager.

She hoped that he never gets out of prison.

The other woman is the guardian of the victim and is also the person pressing charges in the pending case.

“I’ve watched her struggle,” said the woman. “And I’ve watched her soar.”

She said the victim will always have the bad memories and there will always be things that trigger those nightmares.

“He killed the child she should have been,” she said of Eagle. “She should never of had the pain that she’s had to go through.”

Perdue asked that Burress sentence her client to concurrent sentences where the total would be 15 years.

However, commonwealth attorney Michael Mann said that the sentences should be consecutive.

“I still don’t feel 45 years is enough,” said Mann.

Throughout the entire court proceedings and in sex offender evaluations, Mann said Eagle has never taken any responsibility for his acts.

“This defendant just doesn’t care,” said Mann. “He thinks about himself.”

In making his decision, Burress called Eagle’s acts were the most vile that he could remember in his career as a defense attorney, prosecutor and judge.

Eagle showed no emotion as Burress sentenced him to serve 45 years in prison.

Following the sentencing, Mann said the decision was exactly what he expected from the judge.

While members of the victim’s family did not wish to speak to reporters, Mann said he felt they were pleased to see some justice being done. He added that the family was now in control of the situation after being victims for so many years.

It was his impression that Eagle would be subject to serving at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole consideration.

Eagle could file an appeal within the next 30 days.

He remains in custody, which has been the case since April 2010 when he was brought to Shepherdsville from Titusville, Fla.