CONROE - A Montgomery County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for sexually assaulting a child.
Authorities said James Otis O'Bryant, 53, was found guilty by a jury for two counts of the sexual assault of a child. He was then sentenced to life in prison. O'Bryant is not eligible for parole for 35 years because of his previous criminal history. He was previously convicted in March 2007 for two prior sexual assaults involving two other children back in 1999.
Officials said during their investigation, O'Bryant admitted to having sexual contact with the child. However, investigators said the then-50-year-old blamed the sexual contact on the 14-year-old child.
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said a life sentence is automatically imposed by statute once the prosecution establishes that the defendant has at least one prior conviction involving a sexual offense.
The judge ruled O'Bryant's two life sentences would not run concurrently, but, rather stacked the two sentences. This means Otis would not be eligible for parole for 70 years.
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