An Ellis County jury has sentenced a Waxahachie man to life in prison without parole on a felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, commonly referred to as "Jessica's Law." Robert Kevin Cox, 50, was tried this week in 40th District Court, Judge Bob Carroll presiding. He also was sentenced to 20 years on a charge of indecency with a child, with Carroll ordering the two sentences to run consecutively.

“There is no happy ending for anyone involved in this type of case," Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson said. " There is only a just ending. Justice was served by the jury. We are grateful for their verdicts.”

The jury took less than 35 minutes to convict Cox on the two charges.

The charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison with no possibility of parole. 

In 2005, 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford of Florida was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender. The Texas Legislature enacted “Jessica’s Law” in 2007, to provide for harsh punishment of offenders who commit two or more acts of sexual abuse to a young child during a period of time that is 30 days or more in duration. 

Prosecutor Lindy Tober told jurors that Cox "should spend the rest of his life in prison dealing with the consequences of his actions, because the victim will spend her life dealing with what he did to her." 

The jury sentenced him to life in prison on the continuous sexual abuse of a young child charge and also a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the indecency with a child charge. 

At the time of trial, Cox was free on $105,000 bail for the two charges.