Both found guilty by jury
By LeaAnne Klentzman
On May 10, 2012 Richard Garcia was sentenced to 24 years in prison by a Fort Bend County jury who found him guilty of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
According to prosecutors, the evidence presented at trial revealed that the 22-year-old Garcia had sexually abused his 9-year-old relative on different occasions in 2008. The child told a school nurse, months after the abuse, who then reported the outcry to authorities for further investigation.
“The majority of time, child victims do not tell right away, especially when they have been sexually abused by someone they know,” said Gregg. “And when they do tell, they may not reveal all of the abuse at first. Counseling for all victims of sexual abuse, whether they are children or adults is extremely important to help them heal and to understand that what happened is not their fault.”
Garcia, a Richmond resident, was found guilty by the jury in about than an hour. After hearing testimony in the punishment phase of the trial, 268th District Court Judge Brady Elliot rendered the sentence of 24 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
The following week, Wilburt Dwaine Cash was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault on May 16, 2012, this case was in the 240th District Court. In this case Wilburt Cash, 30, of Missouri City was charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and Witness Tampering after he reportedly held his victim hostage and tortured her for several hours in March 2011.
Assistant District Attorney Chad Bridges said these crimes occurred at a home in Missouri City on March 6, 2011. Bridges said, “On the day of trial, Cash plead guilty to all charges except the aggravated sexual assault.” However, after testimony during a couple of days in trail, Wilbert Cash was convicted on all charges against him. His punishment hearing is scheduled for June 26, 2012.
“Our hope is the defendant’s conviction will bring a measure of peace to the victim of this horrible crime,” said prosecutor Elan Levy.
Neither Cash nor Garcia will be eligible to walk the streets of any city for years to come.