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  • Kelley found guilty of super aggravated sex assault

    Kelley found guilty of super aggravated sex assault

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-16 12:10:12 GMT

    The sentencing phase for Greg Kelley begins today after a Williamson County jury found the former Leander High School football star guilty of two counts of super aggravated sex assault.

    The sentencing phase for Greg Kelley begins today after a Williamson County jury found the former Leander High School football star guilty of two counts of super aggravated sex assault.

As the jury waited to take up the sentencing phase for Greg Kelley, Wednesday, prosecutors and defense attorneys could be seen in the justice center hallway working on a deal. After about 2 hours, with the paperwork- signed, Greg Kelley was brought in court to make the deal official. The deal was not much of a deal, according to some longtime Williamson County courtroom insiders; 25 years in prison in return for Kelley giving up the right to appeal.

"Mr. Kelley you are sentenced to 25 years institutional division Texas Department of criminal justice in count1 and in count 2 to run concurrently," said Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield.

This case began last year at this Cedar Park in-home daycare where Greg Kelley was living while his parents were undergoing medical treatments. The high school football player, with a college scholarship waiting on him, was accused of forcing a 4-year-old boy on two separate occasions to perform a lewd act.

Lead prosecutor Geoffrey Puryear read a letter from the parents after the deal was approved. They wrote that their security and peace of mind was damaged and they been, "left with nothing but heartache."

The jury decided Kelley's guilt Tuesday night knowing state law had already set the minimum amount of time he could be sent to prison was 25 years with no chance for parole. The worst case scenario was a life sentence, which was a real possibility. Under the best scenario Kelley would be released from prison a 44 year old middle aged registered sex offender.

Kelley's mother, Rosa, spoke to his supporters after he left. She thanked them for spending the past several days in the courtroom with them.

"No matter if its 25 years ... no matter where he will do it he will make a difference in people’s life in there because it is who he is," said Kelley.

Kelley's mother also told reporters that prosecutors had offered him a plea deal before the trial began. Sources indicate it involved very little jail time, probation and a requirement he register as a sex offender. Rosa Kelley says her son turned it down because he believed he would be proven innocent. He later told her he would accept the new post-trial deal because it was a guarantee of a fixed amount of time and he would still be young enough to have a full life after being released from prison.

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