After hearing testimony from an eight-year-old girl, a Lubbock jury convicted Johnny Satchell on seven counts of aggravated sexual assault and handed him seven life sentences.
The family of the 8-year-old girl says they believe justice was served and says this verdict shows that it's important for victims of abuse to come forward.
"If my 8 year old daughter has done it, anyone can do it. She's very brave in telling somebody and if a anyone that has been abused or gone through anything that she has, the best thing to do is to tell somebody," said the mother of the eight-year-old girl, who asked to remain anonymous.
The eight year old girl took the stand Wednesday, saying that Satchell repeatedly raped her. Satchell was accused of raping the girl repeatedly from the age of five to seven. Prosecutors said that Satchel gave the girl Gonorrhea.
Despite this painful experience, the child's mother says her daughter is doing well.
Thursday's conviction means Satchell will serve seven life sentences but he will serve six at the same time followed by the seventh. He must also pay $70,000 dollars in fines.
Both Satchell and his attorney declined to comment.
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