Florence Man Convicted Of Attempted Sodomy

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County jury convicted a Florence man of attempted sodomy Thursday.  The victim was a 7-year-old girl.

It took the jury less than two and a half hours to convict 22-year-old Brian Beckwith of attempted sodomy.

That was a lesser charge than sodomy, which he initially faced.  Beckwith had also been charged with rape, but that charge was dropped earlier this week due to lack of evidence during testimony.

Judge Mike Jones will sentence Beckwith on May 16.  Prosecutors plan to push for an enhancement on the sentencing due to the victim’s age.  He could face 10 to 20 years in prison.