Laurel man sentenced to life in prison for sexual battery of girl

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel man was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole for the sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.

Judge Billy Joe Landrum sentenced Roger Heidelberg, 38, of Laurel to life in prison in his second sexual battery trial since he was charged in November 2007. His first trial in January ended in a 11-1 stalled jury.

A DNA expert from Texas was used in both trials.

Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parish said before the trial, "I will try this guy until I'm dead, he's dead or until he can find 12 crazy people to turn him loose."