Posted: Aug 30, 2012 3:00 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2012 3:01 PM
LIBERTY, Texas (AP) A jury has sentenced a man convicted of taking part in the repeated sexual assault of a middle school student to 99 years in prison.
Eric McGowen wasn't in court Thursday. He was free on bail when he skipped out during a break in Wednesday's proceedings and is a fugitive.
The jury earlier Thursday found the 20-year-old McGowen guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child. McGowen's lawyer didn't present any evidence or call any witnesses.
McGowen faced a minimum sentence of 25 years prison and a maximum of life.
Prosecutors say he was among 20 men and boys who took part in sexually assaulting the girl on at least five occasions in late 2010, when she was 11.
Six juveniles and two adults have pleaded guilty.