Casper, Wyo. - A Wyoming judge has sentenced a 20-year-old man to life in prison for the rape and attempted murder of a 4-year-old girl last year.
District Judge Thomas Sullins on Friday sentenced Brandtly Bedsaul, of Casper, to 60 years to life for attempted murder and 40 to 50 years for first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The sentences will run consecutively.
The judge said the long sentence made sense in part because of the young age of the victim and the effect the attack has had on her life.
He will also have to pay more than $48,000 in restitution.
Bedsaul apologized to his victim and her family and to his own family. He says he'll seek substance-use treatment.
Court records say the victim was among several children attending a gathering in September 2016 at the Casper home where Bedsaul lives. The documents say someone noticed she was missing, went outside and saw Bedsaul raping the girl, with his hands around her neck. When authorities arrived, the girl was unresponsive and covered in blood.
Investigators say there were indications, Bedsaul, who was 19 at the time, was under the influence of a controlled substance..
He previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness.