Court upholds Victoria man's conviction of sexual assault of a child charges
Jan. 24, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 24, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.
A Victoria man serving life in prison for sexually assaulting a child under 14 lost his appeal Thursday.
Panfilo Jose Perez Jr., 42, appealed because he thought the lower court judge should not have overruled his attorney's objection to a witness's testimony.
Perez argued that testimony was inadmissible because it was hearsay.
Justices with the 13th Court of Appeals found the statement the witness made was not hearsay, and the attorney's objection was not specific enough, according to court documents.
Perez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison by a judge June 6.
He also pleaded guilty then to two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child, sexual contact, and received 20 years in prison for each.
The sentences are running concurrently.
Perez' attorney, Chris Iles, who could not be reached for comment, may file a motion for another hearing by Feb. 7.