Anthony Letroy James convicted, sentenced to 150 years total time in state pen

Case resolved Monday prior to going to jury trial; James was convicted on six charges, including two charges of aggravated sexual assault

Anthony Letroy James was convicted and sentenced to a total of 150 years imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division on Monday, Dec. 2.

James was convicted on six cases, including two charges of aggravated sexual assault for which he received two separate sentences of 40 years each.

The matter was resolved via plea bargain reached between Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires and the defense counsel for James, just before a jury trial was set to begin in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge LeAnn Rafferty presiding.

District Attorney Shires said he appreciates the folks that reported for jury duty this morning, and their willingness to hear a difficult case.

“Because of that service, justice was served and the victim in the cases is now able to move forward in her life, putting this matter squarely behind her,” he said.

James was indicted for multiple crimes in April 2017. Rafferty said he has been jailed since his arrest in October, 2016. Shires said James will be required to serve more than 30 years behind bars for the crimes he was sentenced to.

James was indicted in April 2017 for unlawful restraint, third degree felony. The indictment alleges on September 11, 2016, James by force, intimidation, or deception restrained an individual without their consent by restraining the movements of the individual while exhibiting a pocket knife to the victim's throat.

James was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, second degree felony. The indictment alleges on September 11, 2016 James recklessly caused bodily injury to an individual by tying the victim up and beating them. James is also alleged at that time to have exhibited a deadly weapon, a wood and silver colored pocket knife.

James was indicted for two counts of aggravated sexual assault, first degree felony. The indictment alleges on September 11, 2016 James had sexual contact with the victim without consent. It is further alleged James exhibited a weapon, a wood and silver colored pocket knife.