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Posted on: May 29, 2015

05/29/2015 - 60-Year Sentence for Man who Sexually Abused Girl

Yesterday, visiting Judge Raymond Angelini sentenced Jimmy Vera, age 41, to 60 years in prison. Jurors in the 187th District Court convicted Vera of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child after deliberating for four hours.

In February 2014, Vera sexually assaulted the 11-year-old victim. The victim outcried about the abuse, after she was taken to a hospital where she was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. The victim, now 12 years old, took the stand and told jurors about the abuse. On the stand, Vera denied any involvement.

“I am proud of the hard work from Child Abuse Unit Prosecutors Kimberly Gonzalez and Lauren Glasscock, said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “Our office will continue to aggressively prosecute child predators. This 60-year sentence ensures Mr. Vera will never harm another innocent child.”

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Prosecutors Kimberly Gonzalez and Lauren Glasscock from the Child Abuse Unit handled the case in the 187th District Court.