A Carthage man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to two seperate statutory sodomy charges for crimes that occurred in 2011.

A Carthage man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to two seperate statutory sodomy charges for crimes that occurred in 2011.

The plea comes about three weeks after Mark Christopher Kennedy, 43, Carthage, was arrested again for allegedly trying to entice a seven-year-old child into a van he was driving with candy.

Kennedy appeared in court for a plea hearing that was scheduled before his latest arrest on Tuesday, June 6.

He faces new charges of felony attempted child kidnapping and felony enticement or attempted child enticement in the latest arrest.

Court records online show that on Monday, June 26, Judge David Mouton accepted Kennedy's pleas of guilty in the first two cases and sentenced him to serve 17 years for first degree statutory sodomy in the 2011 case and seven years for second degree statutory sodomy in the 2014 case.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

Police said the two first cases involve two different victims, one eight years old and the other 11 years old, who were neighbors of Kennedy at different times.

Kennedy was arrested in 2014 on the first case and in 2015 on the second case.

The second case involved at least four seperate incidents with a child who came forward in 2015.

In the latest case, Carthage Police Lt. Jeff Steffen said police were called at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, to the 100 block of Elm in Carthage.

“A friend watching the child stopped the child from going to the van,” Steffen said in the written release. “The incident was reported and Mark Kennedy was developed as a suspect.”

Kennedy was arrested at about 6 p.m. on June 6 and charged with attempted child kidnapping enticement or attempted enticement of a child.