SAN JACINTO COUNTY, TX (KTRK) -- A convicted child molester was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after turning down a plea deal with authorities.
Bernard Elbert Hopkins, 47, of Point Blank, Texas, rejected a plea deal for 25 years without the possibility of parole. Choosing to go with a trial by jury, Hopkins was convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, and then was sentenced to life following a jury decision.
Hopkins was arrested and charged in November 2015, accused of sexually abusing a child from 3 years old until she was 9.
A previous victim who said Hopkins abused her from 4 years old until age 17 also came forward during an investigation, according to the sheriff's office.
The jury sentence for Hopkins is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Child molester sentenced to life after turning down plea deal