|Mick sentenced to spend at least 40 years in prison for sex crimes|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Jan. 19, 2007 - A man convicted last week of eight sex crimes involving children has been sentenced to serve at least the next 40 years in prison.
Charles Whitley Mick, 36, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 40 years on each of four aggravated sexual assault of a child convictions and 20 years on each of four indecency with a child by sexual contact convictions.
He also was assessed a $10,000 fine on each of the eight charges.
Eighth Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom affirmed District Attorney Martin Braddy’s request to "stack" some of the sentences.
Mick will first serve three of the 40-year sentences, as well as the 20-year sentences, concurrently. He will then serve the remaining 40-year sentence.
Since current regulations require only half the sentence be served before a person is eligible for parole, the stacked 80 years in prison would require 40 years be served before parole becomes a consideration. He will be 76 at that time.
Braddy praised all of the law enforcement agencies and officers involved in the conviction for their “outstanding job,” as well as personnel with the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center “who offered up testimony which was a tremendous benefit for the jury to hear.”
He also commended the victims, Mick’s 5-year-old daughter and her 8-year-old brother, who were required to testify, as well as the victims’ families for their cooperation with law enforcement officers and for getting on the stand to testify about difficult subjects. Braddy also praised the judge, defense attorney Ron Fergurson’s professionalism and, especially, the jury.