Waco: Midtrial Plea Change Nets Man 15-Year Sentence

WACO (September 27, 2013)—Quite unexpectedly Thursday Eddie Johnny McAdams stood up during his trial in 19th District Court and pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Judge Ralph Strother sentenced McAdams to 15 years in state prison.

McAdams had been on trial for continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child but after reaching an agreement with prosecutors, he opted to plead to the lesser offense.

McAdams could be considered for parole after seven-and-a-half years but even then he would have to serve a 10-year deferred probation as part of the plea deal.

Had he been found guilty of the original charges he could have been sentenced up to life in prison.

McAdams, 23, was indicted in July 2012 for one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and one count of indecency with a child by contact.

McAdams was arrested July 19, 2010 by police in Mexia and was later transferred to the McLennan County Jail.

He later posted bond and was released.

McAdams is charged in connection with the May 2009 aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old Waco girl.

Waco police officer Steve Anderson told News 10 the victim reported she knew her attacker.

The assault allegedly happened at a home in West Waco.

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