The Hannibal man on trial for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman last May plead guilty Thursday morning after new evidence was recently discovered.
Joseph L. Shuck, 29, plead guilty to aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and criminal sexual assault. Shuck is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 10 and faces up to 25 years in prison.
Authorities say Shuck sexually assaulted a woman last May in a Quincy parking lot before taking her to a residence in the Hannibal area and assaulted her again.
The charge of criminal sexual abuse was added Wednesday after a second woman testified Wednesday that Shuck assaulted her on Oct. 21 of last year.
Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard says the plea was entered because of evidence discovered Wednesday night. Barnard says a cell phone was seized from Shuck's home back in May but with the forensic software at the time, investigators couldn't get past the phone's password.
New forensic software was acquired this week and after obtaining a warrant Wednesday, investigators were able to get past the password. They then obtained photographic evidence that Barnard says proves Shuck committed the crimes.
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