McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Jon Woodland, 43, of Plano, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
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“This precious, young child showed bravery beyond her years, and now this predator can never strike again,” said Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis after the sentencing.
Woodland lived in the family home and had ongoing access to the child. He sexually abused the child over the course of a year until she turned 6, according to the Collin County DA’s office.READ MORE: Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Beto O'Rourke Raises $7M In First Weeks Of Bid For Office
Woodland told the child not to tell anyone. After and separate from sexually assaulting this child, Woodland committed the federal crime of enticing a minor, who he planned to have sex with in South Texas.
Homeland Security arrested Woodland for that charge, for which he is currently serving a 15-year sentence. After that federal arrest, the child victim in the Collin County case told her grandmother about the abuse.
The jury returned a verdict of guilty and assessed a punishment of life in prison.MORE NEWS: Texas Laws Going Into Effect January 18 Range From How Dogs Are Chained, To Transgender Student Athletes
By law, a sentence for continuous sexual abuse of a child is without eligibility for parole.