Kaefer sentenced to 85 years in rape case

Published 3:17 pm Thursday, January 26, 2023

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By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor
Ronald Kaefer of Jemison was sentenced to 85 years in prison on Jan. 26, after being found guilty of rape first degree on Sept. 21, 2022.
The initial charges in the case stem from a Feb. 18, 2021 incident, where the victim was a 36-
year-old with Down’s Syndrome. Kaefer was arrested on March 5, 2021.
“During the emotional two-day trial, the Office of the District Attorney proved the victim in
this case did not possess the mental capacity to consent to a sexual act. Once the jury found
Kaefer guilty his bond was revoked, and he has since been in the Chilton County Jail awaiting
sentencing,” according to a 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
The conviction carried a possible sentence of 10-99 years.
“I am so proud of our team and how we fought to provide justice for this victim and her family,”
District Attorney CJ Robinson said. “Anyone who would take advantage of an intellectually
disabled person does not deserve to live in the free world. We are all better served with Ronald
Kaefer living the rest of his life in a prison cell.”
According to court documentation, Kaefer plans to appeal and has requested a bond during the
appeals process.