Wood Co. men sentenced in child sex assault cases

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A 36-year-old Quitman man was found guilty on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child (enhanced) in the 402nd District Court Wednesday.

Following a hearing on punishment, the seven-man, five-woman jury assessed Lucas Ray Evans a sentence of 99 years on each count. District Judge Jeff Fletcher presided over the trial and Attorney Pro-Tem Tom Burton tried the case for the state with Ted Beatty representing the defendant.

The state moved the sentence in each case to run consecutively in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice(TDCJ) on each count and Fletcher entered an order granting the motion.

In another matter on Nov. 2, Paul Bell was found guilty on four counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child sexual contact. Bell was sentenced to 40 years at TDCJ in each count of criminal of sexual assault (to run concurrently) and 15 years on the county of indecency with a child. Fletcher presided and District Attorney Jim Wheeler and Assistant District Attorney Joey Finlaw presented the cases.

Wheeler said sexual assault will not be tolerated in Wood County. “This year, Wood County has imposed lengthy penitentiary sentences on the following offenders: Lucas Ray Evans 99 years for sexual assault of a child (enhanced); Collins Gentry 56 years for assault causing bodily injury of a household member; William Potter, 50 years for evading arrest with a vehicle (habitual); Paul Bell 40 years sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child sexual contact; Danny Leon McRoy 37 years for evading arrest with vehicle,” Wheeler stated. “Citizens of Wood County have made a strong statement that crime, especially sexual assault of a child, will not be tolerated.”

Wheeler added Timothy Parmer received a life sentence for attempted capitol murder involving the shooting of Department of Public Safety Trooper Larry Vaughn in the face.

Coren Vaughn received a life sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Wheeler further commended jurors. “Members of the juries are to be commended for their time and commitment to the trials,” Wheeler explained. “We also express our gratitude to Kyle Henson, special investigator for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, formerly of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.”

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