WICHITA FALLS, TX - Antonio Perez will be spending the rest of his life in prison after sexually assaulting at least two young girls. A Wichita County jury sentenced Perez to two life sentences for Aggravated Sexual Assault and three 20 year sentences for Indecency with a Child.
Thursday they found him guilty on five of seven counts. During closing arguments of the punishment phase, the prosecution asked the jury to send a message not just to Perez, the victims, and families involved, but to the community as well.
Bret Benedict, an Assistant District Attorney for Wichita County, believes that was done.
"It is something that we don't want to believe is out there," Benedict said. "But, as been shown in the last six weeks (Referring to Clarence Swegheimer as well), there are people like that out there. And they need to be held accountable for what they do."
Benedict is happy the jury took the time to look through all the charges thoroughly.
"It's always important that the jury deliberates each and every time we present one of these cases," Benedict said. "We respect their verdict and think they sent a message loud and clear with accessing a punishment in this case."
After a sentencing was handed down, one of the victim's parents got to speak to Perez. Her father told him her daughter has to fall asleep with the radio on because of what he did.
The father said his faith is what has got him through this difficult time and he hopes Perez finds the Lord in prison. The victim's mother said her daughter will have to live with his actions for the rest of her life.
For a look at closing arguments click here.
For a look at day two click here.
For a look at day three click here.