Man sentenced to 50 years for rape of 84-year-old Lockney woman

Published: Dec. 9, 2014 at 2:27 PM CST
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Provided by the Plainview Daily Herald

A man accused raping an 84-year-old Lockney woman has received a prison sentence of more than 50 years after pleading guilty to the charge on Monday.

Matthew Adrian Costilla, 24, of Kress pled guilty to burglary of a habitation with the commission of sexual assault, which occurred Feb. 8 in Lockney.

He received a 55-year sentence for the crime from the 110th Judicial District Court.

Costilla will be eligible for parole in 27 years and will have no right to appeal. The maximum sentence for this type of crime is 99 years or life in prison.

By pleading this case, the victim and her family do not have to testify, nor go thought the appellate process.

Prior to Monday's plead, Costilla had his October hearing moved to Dec. 16 after the suspect attempting to commit suicide while inside his jail cell. That incident prompted a court-ordered evaluation for competency.

Before that, the trial was rescheduled from Sept. 23 after a key witness failed to appear.

Costilla was accused of breaking into a Lockney residence in February and raped a 84-year-old woman. He was arrested after stolen property from the victim's residence was found in his possession.