WACO (June 20, 2014) A McLennan County District judge sentenced a Waco man to life without parole Friday after a jury found him guilty of sexual assault of a child Thursday afternoon.
The 19th District Court jury convicted Justin Lee Brinegar, 42, of aggravated sexual assault of a child, but jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision on a second count.
Judge Ralph Strother declared a mistrial on the second count.
Brinegar elected to allow the judge to decide his punishment rather than leave the decision in the hands jurors.
“We are extremely pleased with the verdict and sentence,” Assistant District Attorney Landon Ramsay said.
“Not only is this justice for our community, but also, it is justice for the victims of this predator. This verdict will never erase the evil done by this man, but it will provide some closure and a renewed hope for the victims that good will triumph over evil.”
Brinegar was named in separate indictments in July 2013 charging two counts of sexual assault of a child, one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.
He was on trial this week on aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child charges stemming from the abuse of a girl who was then 3.
The victim, who now is 8, lives in Arkansas, but was in Waco this week to testify against Brinegar.
Testimony showed that Brinegar made the child watch pornographic movies and then assaulted her.