Weatherford Democrat

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July 2, 2008

Pope guilty of charges, gets 40 life sentences

Editor’s Note: The following article contains material of a graphic sexual nature and may not be suitable for young readers.

Danie M. Huffman

wdreporter2@yahoo.com

With 43 counts of child sex crimes stacked against him, 12 jurors came back with a verdict of guilty.

James Kevin Pope, 43, will serve 40 consecutive life sentences for sexually assaulting three young victims and an additional 60 years for sexual performance of a child.

He will not be eligible for parole until he has served a minimum of 1,230 years in prison.

“The bottom line is that I couldn’t be happier for what the jury did and for the girls,” said Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise. “We notified them and they were thrilled and equally pleased.”

DuBoise and Kathleen Catania worked on putting the case together for more than three weeks prior to the trial.

Judge Graham Quisenberry granted the state’s request in that each life sentence Pope was handed must be served consecutively.

“We’re overwhelmed with Judge Quisenberry’s decision to stack the sentences and that he granted our request,” DuBoise said. “We believe it was a just result.”

Rick Alley, Pope’s defense lawyer commented in his closing remarks that the victims were incapable of understanding what happened.

“I respectfully submit to you that is BS,” Alley said. “If it was as ‘traumatic’ as they indicate, they would be able to give you [specific dates and times of the acts]. Simply because it’s shocking doesn’t make it true.”

He asked the jury to set aside their emotions and follow the law for an impartial and fair verdict.

Once in recess and the jury was in deliberation, jurors requested to view the calendar timeline made by the defense, audio phone recordings made by Pope to his mother and nude photos of the victims submitted in evidence.

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