On March 26, Jose Luis Munoz, 45, of Richmond was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Munoz, who had entered a plea of guilty on four counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child had requested the presiding judge to assess his punishment.
During the hearing for punishment evidence was presented that showed that Munoz had engaged in extensive sexual contact with a female child beginning when she was only 5 years old said prosecutors. The abuse escalated over the years and at the age of 14 she made an outcry for help.
According to the District Attorney’s office, during a sentencing hearing evidence and testimony presented by the State revealed that Munoz had committed numerous sexual offenses against the victim over a period of many years in addition to the four charges contained in the indictments. And although Munoz had pled guilty, a pre-sentence investigation revealed that Munoz justified his actions and minimized his role in the abuse.
Although the defendant’s attorney, Wilvin Carter, asked the judge to sentence Munoz to deferred adjudication probation; prosecutor Natalie McKinnon argued that even though Munoz had been somewhat cooperative with the police once caught, he did not accept full responsibility for the extensive and severe abuse and should be sentenced to no less than 40 years.
Judge Culver then sentenced Jose Luis Munoz to 15 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in each case. The sentences will run concurrently. By law, the defendant must be given credit for the nearly four years he has spent in the Fort Bend County jail prior to his sentencing.
As of September 1, 2007, there is no longer a statute of limitations in Texas for sex offenses committed against children. Generally speaking, crimes occurring September 1, 1987 or later can be prosecuted with some exceptions if the prior statute of limitations expired prior to the new laws being enacted.
Aggravated Sexual Assault is a first degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.