Sex offender sentenced to 60 years in prison

June 4, 2009 5:17:56 PM PDT
A man who sexually assaulted a young boy and let an innocent man go to prison for the crime was sentenced for the attack Thursday. A judge sentenced Andrew Wayne Hawthorne to 60 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of an eight-year-old boy.

Hawthorne is already serving a 60-year term for another assault. His attorney told him he took a bad plea deal.

"Theoretically this is the highest sentence he could have gotten, 60 years from a jury. Sixty years or life. Perhaps I would like to think that he is willing to accept responsibility for the horrible acts that he did," said John Jordan, Asst. Harris County District Attorney.

In 2003, a Harris County jury wrongly convicted Ricardo Rachell for Hawthorne's crime. Rachell spent five years in prison, before DNA testing exonerated him last year.

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