Man convicted by jury last month sentenced Monday for witness retaliation

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A man sentenced to 20 years in prison last month for sexually assaulting the teen daughter of a friend received a five-year sentence Monday for retaliating against witnesses.

Jason Scott Estes, 30, appeared with Texarkana attorney Mike Lusk on a charge of retaliation Monday before 5th District Judge Bill Miller. Estes was found guilty last month of two counts of sexual assault of a child involving a 14-year-old girl. Miller ordered the two sentences to run concurrently.

Witnesses at Estes’ trial testified he boasted about having sex with the girl. The victim testified Estes came to stay at her family’s home in July 2014 during a separation from his wife. The teen told the jury Estes told her he was worried about her parents finding out that he regularly had sex with the girl while staying at her mother and stepfather’s home in New Boston, Texas.

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The victim’s stepfather testified at Estes’ trial last month that he was at home during the day July 12 when he heard a loud sound and then found Estes standing in his kitchen. The stepfather said Estes shouted, “something about vengeance,” when asked why he had broken into the home. As a result, Estes was charged with retaliation.

As part of a plea bargain, Estes received a five-year sentence for retaliation Monday. Miller ordered that the retaliation sentence will run concurrently to the two 20-year sentences he is already serving for sexually abusing the teen.

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