RANDALL COUNTY JURY SENTENCES MAN TO 6 LIFE TERMS FOR CHILD SEX CRIMES
March 6, 2020
ABC 7 Amarillo
RANDALL COUNTY, Texas (KVII) — John Lee Thompson will spend the rest of his life in prison after a Randall County jury sentenced him for six child sex crimes this week.
According to a release from Randall County District Attorney Robert Love, Thompson was convicted four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.
Upon his conviction, he asked the jury to determine his sentence. Thursday, the jury returned a life sentence for each count.
Because the victim was under age 6, Thompson will not be eligible for parole.
The DA said Thompson abused a child he agreed to help raise after the child's mother was sent to prison.
When the child began to attend daycare, a worker recognized signs of abuse and the child was taken into custody by CPS.
DA Love said the case shows the strengths of cooperation between departments, agencies and advocacy organizations in the area.
"Although child sexual abuse is tragic, we are grateful to live and work in a community that works together to assist our most vulnerable victims," said Love.
The child now attends counseling and has been adopted. According to the DA, they are "doing well in school and home."
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