Five-year anniversary of Jetseta Gage murder

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5 years later, child's murder haunts family, investigator

Every year around Easter, it still gets to her, not that she doesn’t think of her 10-year-old daughter Jetseta every day. But it’s more difficult on the anniversary of her child’s death, even after five years.

Jetseta Gage murder and abuse cases timeline

A timeline of the events before and after the murder of Jetseta Gage.

VIDEO: Interviews with Trena Gage, Teresa Gage and Jenny Slight

Gazette reporter Trish Mehaffey talks to Jetseta Gage’s mother, Trena Gage; her grandmother, Teresa Gage; and her great-aunt, Jenny Slight, about the five-year anniversary of Jetseta’s brutal death at the hands of Roger Bentley, who’s serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.


'Despicable' acts

The “horrendous” acts committed when he raped and killed 10-year-old Jetseta Gage have left the family in emotional ruins, the girl’s mother said Friday before Roger Paul Bentley received two life prison sentences.

Bentley sentenced to 25 more years

James Bentley must serve a 25-year state sentence for sexually abusing Jetseta Gage, the Cedar Rapids 10-year-old his brother murdered, after he finishes his life sentence for taking sexually explicit photos of her, a judge ruled Thursday.

GUILTY: Bentley to be sentenced Feb. 24 in murder of 10-year-old C.R. girl

Jurors on Tuesday found Roger Paul Bentley guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping, granting what prosecutor J. Patrick White called a “small measure of justice” for 10-year-old Jetseta Gage.

Testimony to begin today in Bentley abuse trial

A jury was selected late Monday afternoon in the second-degree sexual abuse trial of James Bentley, 36, of Vinton.

Amber Alert led to Bentley

Authorities are crediting the state’s Amber Alert system with helping catch Roger Bentley, a convicted sex offender suspected of abducting and killing 10-year-old Jetseta Marrie Gage.

Fearing the worst in search for Jetseta Gage

The search for a 10-year-old girl abducted from her Cedar Rapids home ended Friday with the discovery of a body in a dilapidated mobile home in rural Johnson County.

Bentley charged with murder

Police captured Roger Paul Bentley shortly after an acquaintance spotted him at an abandoned mobile home in rural Kalona.

House rushes to restrict sex offenders

Spurred by the emotional aftermath of Jetseta Gage’s death allegedly at the hands of a convicted sex offender, the Iowa House voted unanimously Wednesday to enhance protections, treatment and oversight efforts for dealing with predators.

Grassley pushes Jetseta bill

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called Thursday for the death penalty as an option for punishment against sexual predators who kill children.

Jetseta got her day in court

Trena Gage-Bakeoven almost came out of her seat Friday when a Clarke County jury found James Bentley guilty of sexually abusing her daughter, Jetseta Gage of Cedar Rapids.

Testimony to begin today in Bentley abuse trial

A jury was selected late Monday afternoon in the second-degree sexual abuse trial of James Bentley, 36, of Vinton.

Jetseta mobile home fire lands man in jail

A rural Williamsburg man told a judge Wednesday a sense of anger led him to set a February fire that destroyed the mobile home where Jetseta Gage’s body was found.

Jury selection begins today for Bentley

More than 200 prospective jurors gather this morning at the Scott County Courthouse for the expected two-day process of seating a jury to decide the fate of child abduction and murder suspect Roger Paul Bentley.

Sex-offender laws toughened

State public safety officials said Tuesday they hope to have an enhanced, user-friendly sex-offender registry Web site operating later this year to help the public better track convicted criminals in their neighborhoods.

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