by Tashun Chism
It was a long trial for 49 year old Frankie Jones, the Lufkin man accused of sexually assaulting his wife's then 6 year old granddaughter. But after a jury handed down his sentence today, his time in prison will be even longer.
Jones' attorney, Roger Moss. told us, "Mr. Jones, when he was charged maintained his innocence. When he was arraigned he maintained his innocence. When the jury was selected he maintained his innocence and he maintains his innocence today."
"The jury did a great job. I think they took this offense very seriously and I really appreciate what they did. I think they rendered a sentence that is an attempt to protect the communiity and punish the defendent," Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington said.
The jury gave Jones 3 concurrent sentences for which he must serve a total of 45 years in prison. The counts include 45 years for aggravated sexual assault, 15 years for one count of indecency with a child by contact and another 18 years for a second count of indecency with a child by contact. Jones and his lawyer know the sentence still could have been much worse.
"He didn't get the maximum sentence in either of the counts he had. In the aggravated sexual assault he got approximately half. In the other two he got more than half," Moss added