NTMWD Plant Smart 2024

Jury sentences man to 40 years

by | May 6, 2021 | Latest

A Collin County jury handed down a 40-year prison sentence to a child predator.

District Attorney Greg Willis announced in a May 6 news release that Marcelino Lopez-Martinez, 37, of Carrollton, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for continuous abuse of a child.

“We are proud of this child for having the strength to report this predator after enduring an entire year of his abuse,” Willis said after the sentencing.

Through a relationship with the child’s family, Lopez-Martinez had access to the child and begin sexually assaulting her when she was 8 years old and continued over the next year. The child disclosed the abuse to her mother when she was 9.

Detective Vanessa Evanoff with the Frisco Police Department investigated the case. The child was forensically interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, where she disclosed details about the sexual abuse.

Judge Richard Beacom presided over the jury trial, and the jury assessed punishment at 40 years in prison. By law, a sentence for continuous sexual abuse of a child is not eligible for parole.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ashleigh Woodall and Carrie Thomas, with assistance from District Attorney Investigator Gregory Bowers, Victim Assistance Coordinators Casey Hendrix and Rebecca Royer and Legal Secretary Christy Ware.

From Staff Reports • [email protected]

NTMWD Plant Smart 2024

0 Comments

Related News

Swatting suspect identified

Swatting suspect identified

A juvenile suspect in East Texas is believed responsible for numerous bomb threats and “swatting” hoaxes across multiple states, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said. The investigation began in May when the suspect initiated a swatting incident at a...

read more
GSM’s ‘Crazy for You’ opens next week

GSM’s ‘Crazy for You’ opens next week

The song and dance spectacular ‘Crazy for you,’ produced by Garland Summer Musicals opens July 19 and stars Erin Gaynan as Polly Baker and Brad Weatherford as Bobby Child. Courtesy photo The Garland Summer Musicals (GSM) wraps up its 2024 season with the Gershwin...

read more
Man found guilty of murder of Sachse resident

Man found guilty of murder of Sachse resident

Brandon Dale A Dallas man has been sentenced to life without parole for his capital murder conviction in the 2021 robbery and beating death of a Sachse resident. On Tuesday, June 25, the Collin County District Attorney’s Office announced that Brandon Dale, 43, was...

read more
Solar car team headed to Texas Motor Speedway

Solar car team headed to Texas Motor Speedway

The East Beast Extreme, a solar car built by Wylie East students, will be racing against other teams at Texas Motor Speedway in mid-July. Under the sweltering Texas sun, the Wylie East Solar Car Team will soon be ready to beat the heat as they compete in a NASCAR-like...

read more
Veteran’s family to receive new home

Veteran’s family to receive new home

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Semeli Toilolo at the Tuesday, June 18, groundbreaking ceremony where he and his family were surprised to learn they will receive a new home being built for them in Lavon. Courtesy photo Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Semeli Toilolo and his family will...

read more
Council struggles to establish rules of order

Council struggles to establish rules of order

Councilmembers had a spirited discussion on a resolution to adopt Sachse City Council rules of order and procedures last week. City Secretary Leah Granger noted that the 2022 Charter Amendment Election removed Robert’s Rules of Order from the charter language. Since...

read more
Special debris pick up approved

Special debris pick up approved

Council authorized City Manager Gina Nash Monday, June 17, to spend up to $300,000 for special debris pickup by Community Waste Disposal (CWD) due to the May 28 storms. Council once again had a lengthy discussion about bulk pick up. At the Monday, June 17 meeting,...

read more
Subscribe Love