FORT WORTH — A man in Arlington was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting the 5-year-old daughter of a family friend last year.
A jury convicted 52-year old Jesus Garza in September of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child in the Aug. 6, 2009 incident. Garza asked Judge Elizabeth Berry of Criminal District Court No. 3 to assess his sentence. After receiving a pre-sentencing report, Berry sentenced Garza to 50 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault and 20 years in prison for the indecency charge. The two sentences will be served concurrently. Garza is one of a handful of defendants who have been tried in Tarrant County under a 2007 law that sets a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison if the victim is younger than 6.