WACO, Texas (AP) _ A man who rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 20 years for sexual assault of a child was sentenced to 160 years after jurors quickly convicted him of repeatedly abusing a 12-year-old boy.
Jurors deliberated for just over an hour before convicting Keith Allen Porter on Thursday of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by exposure. He'll serve two 75-year terms on the assault charges and 10 years on the indecency count consecutively.
Before the trial in state district court, prosecutors offered 20 years in prison in a plea bargain but increased it to 25 years after the boy, now a fifth-grader, testified about years of abuse Tuesday.
"I am glad the jury took this opportunity to sentence a pedophile," Prosecutor Charissa Sloan was quoted as saying in Friday's Waco Tribune-Herald. "I think the sentence is appropriate considering the facts and the evidence."
Porter's attorney, Stan Schwieger, said he will appeal the conviction and stacked sentence.
"I think it is a tragedy for everybody," Schwieger said. "Certainly it is a tragedy for my client, certainly a tragedy for his family and certainly a tragedy for those who made the allegations."
Porter, who lives in nearby West and has past misdemeanor convictions for family violence and criminal mischief, kept a collection of dead animals in jars filled with oil in his closet and in his freezer, according to court testimony.
The animals included a kitten, turtles, frogs, a snake and an unidentified animal, according to testimony. The victim testified that Porter put the kitten into the jar of oil while it was still alive.
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