Tomas Ramirez (Jail photo)
WACO (March 26, 2013)—Tomas Ramirez, convicted last week in a series of sexual assaults on a child, was sentenced Monday to serve life in prison plus 139 years.
The jury handed down the sentence late Monday evening in 19th District Court after about two hours of deliberation.
Judge Ralph Strother sentenced Ramirez to serve life on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, 99 years on a second count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two 20-year sentences on two counts of indecency with a child by contact.
State law requires that multiple sentences in such cases be served consecutively, so Ramirez, in effect, was sentenced to life plus a total of 139 years on the four-count charge.
Ramirez, 36, must serve 30 years before he can be considered for parole.
Ramirez was found guilty last Thursday on the four-count charge that involved only one of eight alleged victims.
The other charges remained in place, District Attorney Abel Reyna said.
He's accused of sexually abusing eight children from the early 1990s until 2004, but was on trial for incidents involving just one of the eight, who's now 24.
Ramirez left the Waco area in the summer of 2010, soon after one of the victims came forward on June 28, 2010 and police began their investigation.
All of the victims knew Ramirez, police said.
According to affidavits submitted for the arrest warrants, the earlier incident occurred in the early 1990s and the most recent in 2004.
All of the assaults occurred at an apartment in South Waco, the affidavits say.
U.S. Marshals Service Task Force Members arrested Ramirez on July 28, 2011 in Birmingham, Ala.