The three men and three women pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of injury to in an unexpected end to a three-year criminal investigation into the so-called Mineola Swinger's Club. Most Popular. This is an undated photo provided Flnit the U.
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Stacey Snodgrass, who is Mayo's sister and Sheila Sones' daughter, attended Thursday's hearing to support her relatives. Comments A jury found Shauntel Mayo guilty in four minutes.
PatrickJaime R. Smith County prosecutors last year had vowed to retry the two defendants whose appeals were held up by a three-judge panel, which called the court record in one of the convictions "rife with error. Pittman and Kelly had their convictions overturned on appeal; Mayo's sentence was modified but the conviction was upheld.
Mayo's attorney, Rex Thompson of Tyler, also declined to comment. The plea deal was "one of those bargains dlub hard not to take," considering the more serious charges Kelly was facing, Waldron said.
To Txeas them perform, prosecutors said the children were given Vicodin-like drugs the adults passed off as "silly pills. He stressed that he was not hiding from anything. Pittman was the last of a group of suspects to be caught in connection with sex ring based in Mineola, Texas.
Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, Shauntel Mayo and Jamie Pittman had ly been sentenced to life in prison — Kelly for aggravated sexual assault ofMayo and Pittman for organized criminal activity. Mineola is a town of about 5, residents about 85 miles east of Dallas.
In March, Mayo's year-old boyfriend, Jamie Pittmanwas also found guilty in four minutes and then sentenced to life in prison after just two minutes of deliberations. Bingham said he still believes all the defendants deserve life in prison but offered the plea bargain for the sake of the children who were victimized.
They have testified to these horrific acts, endured the trauma of having to testify, and I'm not willing to put them through this again. The children could potentially have testified as many as seven more times in additional trials, he said. Shauntel Mayo, 29, was then sentenced to life in prison after six minutes of deliberations after being found guilty on charges that she forced three siblings, ages 7 through 10, to have sex with each other or perform sexual acts for club members who paid to watch.
A seventh defendant, Dennis Pittman, did not reach a deal as he is in the process of appealing Trxas life sentence. Mayo, of Tyler, was convicted of engaging in organized criminal activity and two counts of sexual performance of.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said the six will be released on time served as soon as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice completes their processing — possibly as early as Friday for some of them. My job is to reunite my client with his family, and that's what I did. Some jurors cried during testimony in Mayo's three-day trial, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.
However, some still insisted that they were innocent. Even the cases that were reversed were done so only "on procedural matters," Bingham said.