Man serving up to life for 2 brutal assaults now charged with 2006 attack on fellow inmate

Javier Wilford Sickler. Photo: Utah State Prison

SANPETE COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Utah State Prison inmate currently serving up to life for two brutal assaults 17 years ago now faces another first-degree felony for the assault of a fellow inmate in 2006.

Javier Wilford Sickler, 45, of Magna, is charged with forcible sodomy after allegedly assaulting a 29-year-old inmate. A rape kit was administered at the time, but it was not processed with DNA results entered into a national database until last year.

Sickler was originally jailed in 2002, and was sentenced to up to life in prison in 2004 after being found guilty of two earlier rapes.

One assault, on Aug. 3, 2002, led to him being found guilty of two counts of rape, a first-degree felony; forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; and attempted forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony. Three three additional charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.

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Another assault, on Aug. 19 of the same year, led to him being found guilty of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; child kidnapping, a first-degree felony; and attempted rape of a child, a first-degree felony. A fourth charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

The second attack involved a 10-year-old Midval girl, who Sickler beat with a sledgehammer. The girl survived, endured 43 facial reconstruction surgeries in the aftermath of the attack

In the most recent case, Sickler is accused of sexually assaulting the inmate while both were incarcerated at the state prison’s Gunnison facility.

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