3 more sentenced in sexual assault of Texas girl

Associated Press

LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — Three men who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a then-11-year-old Texas girl in 2010 have each been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Timothy Ellis, his 21-year-old cousin Rayford Ellis Jr. and 23-year-old Kelvin King were sentenced Friday in a Liberty courtroom.

The men hugged family members before being taken away by authorities.

Each pleaded guilty earlier this month to aggravated sexual assault of a child. Their sentences were part of plea agreements with prosecutors.

Earlier Friday, a fourth man with a similar plea deal was also sentenced to 15 years.

All four are among 20 males charged in a series of sexual assaults against the girl. One defendant went to trial and was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison last month.