A Lamar County jury handed down a 139-year prison sentence to a man who was found guilty of multiple child sex crimes.
Israel Brice Deere, 30 of Paris, received the maximum punishment earlier this week after 6th District Court Judge Wes Tidwell stacked the sentences.
“Most sexual assault of a child cases are quite emotional and this one was even more so due to the fact that the state presented five child victims,” said Lamar County Assistant District Attorney Jill Drake. “These brave children had to confront their abuser and tell the jury and a courtroom full of observers what the defendant did to them.
As my heart swelled with fear and pride for them, I could only hope that was the first step to their emotional healing. Additionally, as the state filed a request to the court to stack the defendant’s prison terms, and the court did so, these victims know that the defendant will not be eligible for parole for 50 years.”