Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said that Casey Lee Phillips, 34, of Hallsville pled guilty Tuesday to Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and received 40 years without appeal.
He must serve at least half the sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Additionally, if released, he must register as a sex offender for life.
The defendant had no prior criminal convictions, but faces charges in Harrison County, Byrd told The Mirror. He said he did not know what action that county plans concerning those allegations.
“This case arose out of an investigation headed by the Harrison County Sheriff’s office and the Hallsville Police Department,” Byrd said.
Byrd said the evidence showed that in 2010, the defendant lived in Diana. The crime occurred when the child was nine years old. It occurred once in Upshur County.
“The child was taken to a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner after these allegations arose in Harrison County in late 2012 and was later taken to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Longview, where a forensic interviewer took a statement from the child.
Phillips was indicted by an Upshur County Grand Jury on Nov. 8, 2013.
Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Ed Choy represented Phillips.