Jetseta Gage murder and abuse cases timeline

Jetseta Gage
Jetseta Gage

Nov. 19, 2004: James Bentley of Vinton charged with sexually abusing Jetseta Gage, 10, in Cedar Rapids beginning in January 2002.

Jan. 20, 2005: James Bentley charged with sexually abusing Jetseta in Vinton.

March 24, 2005: Roger Paul Bentley of Brandon, James Bentley’s brother, seen leaving with Jetseta from her grandmother’s home in northwest Cedar Rapids at 8:47 p.m. Amber Alert issued.

March 25, 2005: Roger Bentley, his pickup and Jetseta’s body found at 7:05 a.m. in mobile home at 4703 Orval Yoder Turnpike, southwest of Iowa City. Roger Bentley arrested on charge of child stealing.

March 28, 2005: Roger Bentley charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

March 31, 2005: Responding to Jetseta’s case, Iowa Senate leaders say they favor life prison terms for predators convicted of two or more sex-related offenses. Debate later shifts to toughening penalties and monitoring of sex offenders

April 28, 2005: Sen Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, calls for federal death penalty in proposed “Jetseta’s Bill” as a punishment against sexual predators who kill children.

June 14, 2005: Gov. Tom Vilsack signs an extensive package of new penalties, supervision, treatment and monitoring requirements for sex offenders passed earlier by Legislature.

Jan. 23, 2006: Jury selection begins in Roger Bentley’s murder and kidnapping trial in Davenport.

Jan. 31, 2006: Roger Bentley found guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.

Feb. 24, 2006: Roger Bentley sentenced to two life terms for kidnapping, raping and killing Jetseta. He begins serving his terms at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison on March 3.

Feb. 25, 2006: Mobile home where Jetseta’s body was found burns to the ground in suspicious fire.

July 26, 2006: President George W. Bush signs “Jetseta’s Bill” into law. The law introduced by Grassley toughens penalties against sexual predators who assault and kill children and upgrades sexual predator registry. A death penalty provision was stripped from the bill earlier before U.S. Senate and House approval.

July 29, 2006: Bryan Grout of Williamsburg is charged with arson in fire that destroyed mobile home where Jetseta’s body was found.

Nov. 17, 2006: Federal child pornography and sexual exploitation charges filed against James Bentley. He is accused of possessing pornographic pictures of Jetseta and a baby girl in the first half of 2004.

Dec. 28, 2006: Bryan Grout of Williamsburg sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to setting fire at mobile home where Jetseta’s body was found.

Feb. 26, 2007: Jury selection begins in Cedar Rapids in James Bentley trial on federal child pornography and sexual exploitation charges.

March 1, 2007: James Bentley found guilty of federal charges.

June 12, 2007: James Bentley sentenced to 100 years in prison on federal charges.

July 28, 2008: Jury selection begins in Osceola in James Bentley’s Benton County case on charges he sexually abused Jetseta.

Aug. 1, 2008: James Bentley found guilty of sexual abuse charges.

Oct. 10, 2008: James Bentley sentenced to 25 years for sexually abusing Jetseta.

Nov. 10, 2008: Sexual abuse charges against James Bentley dropped in Linn County. Linn County Attorney’s Office argues no purpose would be served by trying Bentley because he was already serving more than 100 years in prison for multiple convictions.

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