Consecutive, not concurrent, life sentences for a Texas man convicted on forty counts of sexually assaulting children.
A man was sentenced to more than 4,000 years in prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting three teenage girls.
A day after finding James Kevin Pope guilty, jurors sentenced him to 40 life prison terms — one for each sex assault conviction — and 20 years for each of the three sexual performance of a child convictions.
At the request of prosecutors, state District Judge Graham Quisenberry ordered Pope to serve the sentences consecutively, adding up to 4,060 years. He will be eligible for parole in the year 3209, according to the Parker County District Attorney's Office.
I don't practice in Texas and I don't walk into a criminal courtroom when I can avoid it, but I suppose all of this showboating could have been avoided by the simple amendment of Texas law to provide a life sentence without parole for child sexual assault.
Whatever the Supreme Court has to say about executing child rapists, this is a functional death sentence.
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