Midland man sentenced to life in prison for Indecency with a Child by Contact

MIDLAND -- According to a press release, on Monday, December 4, a jury was selected in the trial of The State of Texas v. Carlos Refugio Garcia.

Garcia was charged with Indecency with a Child by Contact alleged to have been committed on November 21, 2015 with a 7-year-old boy.

A jury found Garcia guilty on Thursday, December 7, after just over an hour of deliberation.

According to the release, the defendant elected to have punishment assessed by the Court.

Judge Gilles assessed punishment at life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The release states, the range of punishment for this offense is 2-20 years of confinement in the penitentiary.

However, the State enhanced the punishment range for Garcia with a previous conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

This enhancement meant that if Garcia was found guilty, he would automatically be sentenced to life in the penitentiary.

The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney Nora Hammonds.

The defendant was represented by Jeff Robnett and John Roosa.