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Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly found guilty, given life in prison

TYLER (KTRE) - After less than two hours of deliberation, a jury found Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly guilty of organized criminal activity for his role in the Mineola child sex ring.

It was an even faster turn around to sentence him to life in prison.

There really was no reaction from the defendant during the verdict, or sentencing phase of today's hearings.

This morning, during closing arguments, the State made it clear they wanted Patrick Kelly punished to the fullest extent of the law, just like the first two defendants in this case.

Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo are both serving life in prison. Now, add Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly to the list. 

This morning, during closing arguments, the state echoed it's opening statements: that this case was about "pure evil."

"Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly should disgust you. Everyone involved in this case should disgust you. What they did was not right, and after three weeks, 12 people can stop it," said Smith County assistant DA, Joe Murphy.

The state wanted jurors to remember how they felt when the child victims took the stand. Murphy said their decision was an easy one.

"Because over the course of this three week period, there has been a line drawn in the sand, and it boils down to this, who do you believe?"

Defense attorney, Thad Davidson says the case was not about emotion or feelings but facts, and logic.

"These kids may believe that horrible things happened to them and I do believe that some terrible things happened to them by Jamie and Shauntel," he said in his closing arguments.

But not by his client, Patrick Kelly.

"Kids can be made the objects of suggestability.  Memories can be put into a kid's mind that don't exist, that can become real to the child," said Davidson, echoing an earlier defense argument.  

After more than 12 days of testimony, 12 citizens of Smith County found Patrick 'Booger Red' Kelly guilty and sentenced him to life in prison and a $10,000 fine, the maximum sentence allowed under the law.

Indictments have been handed down to four more people connected to the Mineola child sex ring case.

There's no word on which of the remaining four defendants will stand trial next.


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