On Air Now


Listen Live Now » 98.5 FM Battle Creek, Michigan


Current Conditions(Battle Creek,MI 49017)

More Weather »
59° Feels Like: 59°
Wind: S 8 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip


Sunny 70°


Partly Cloudy 54°


PM Thunderstorms 77°


Suspect in sex crime sentenced in Federal Court


GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- A Pennsylvania man has been given 12-1/2 years in federal prison for trying to convince James Beckman Jr. of Mattawan to force sex on two young boys-on a webcam and transmit it over the internet, just so he could watch.

26-year-old Justin Hughes was also ordered to serve 7 years of supervised release and pay a fine.

The 39-yar-old Beckman at the time was the Associate Director of Drug Safety at MPI Research. He is no longer with the firm.  He could get up to life when he is sentenced in July for over a dozen sex crimes.

Hughes pled guilty to a charge of Coercion and enticement and agreed to testify against Beckman.