A 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man is headed back to prison after being convicted on a sexual assault charge and sentenced to serve the maximum of 20 years behind bars.
An 8th Judicial District Court jury found Dataurus Denzell Gotcher guilty of the offense of sexual assault, a second-degree felony.
District Attorney Will Ramsay called the trial a difficult case to try that “turned on the issue of consent.”
“It was a view into a part of our community that we don't like to look at because of some of the things that go on,” Ramsay said. “What it boils down to was that Mr. Gotcher raped this victim.”
After being found guilty of the sexual assault charge by a jury two weeks ago, Gotcher and his attorney, Frank Long, elected to have punishment set by 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt, who ordered a pre-sentencing investigation be conducted.
Ramsay said Gotcher had a troubled history, which included two years ago being sentenced to a seven-year probated sentence on a conviction of engaging in organized criminal activity. Within a month, Gotcher had his probation revoked and spent two years in prison before being paroled.
“Unfortunately, this defendant has been involved in criminal activity from an early age and fairly steady from that early age,” Ramsay said. “He has been given opportunities to better himself and didn't take advantage of those opportunities as we've seen in his probation revocation in the past. At a certain point, there is really no other option — especially when you are dealing with offenses like this that are so heinous.”
After reviewing a two-week pre-sentencing investigation, Northcutt sentenced Gotcher to 20 years in prison.
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