Bethalto man sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two girls

Michael Burgund
Michael Burgund

A 35-year-old man is slated to spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting two girls, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office said.

Michael S. Burgund, of Bethalto, was convicted after a retrial in May of five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

He was sentenced by Circuit Judge Kyle Napp to life in prison.

“The citizens of Madison County can rest assured, knowing that their State’s Attorney’s Office and the men and women of our local law enforcement never give up in our quest for justice for victims and our community,” said State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “This evil man has now been convicted of these horrible crimes by two separate juries. Hopefully for the victims and their families, the nightmare of being forced to relive the abuse through the trial process can now come to an end, so they can heal and move forward in their lives. Fortunately, the two young victims have the love and support of their family who can help them continue on the lifelong path of recovery from the abuse they suffered. We will keep them in our prayers.”

Burgund was initially charged in 2011 after he went to Alton Police and admitted to the crimes, the state’s attorney’s office said.

After being convicted in 2012, Burgund was originally sentenced to life in prison by then-Chief Judge Ann Callis. Burgund appealed the decision in March 2013 and an appellate court granted a retrial in November 2016.