It took the jury about an hour to reach the guilty verdict. Keith Albert Shifflett, 45, was charged with statutory sodomy in the first degree for a victim under 12. Authorities say the charges date back to a March 2017 incident. The crimes happened in Newton County, but the trial was held in McDonald County on a change of venue. The Newton County Prosecutor’s Office tells us Shifflett took the stand in his own defense. He has also waived a jury sentencing and will be sentenced by a judge on September 24th.