Tangipahoa men sentenced to 20 years in sex cases

Two Tangipahoa Parish men received 20-year sentences in unrelated sex crimes that occurred in June 2012, the District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Lionel McKnight, 54, 70309 Martin Luther King Drive, Tangipahoa, was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to a forcible rape on June 7, 2012, according to a news release from District Attorney Scott Perrilloux’s Office.

The victim told authorities that she woke up to find McKnight, who was wearing a ski mask, standing beside her bed.

The victim took McKnight’s mask off while struggling with him and he then threatened to kill the victim, authorities said.

In the other case, Eric Stuckey, 43, 41074 S. Range Road, Ponchatoula, received a 20-year sentence for two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Stuckey was given 20 years on each count but will serve the sentences concurrently.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Stuckey on June 5, 2012, after he was accused of molesting multiple children under 13.

Stuckey was set for a jury trial but changed his plea to guilty July 29, the day Judge Jerome Winsberg sentenced both men.