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4 to be Sentenced in Girl's Sex Assault

Hearings set for 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

By Juan Lozano
|  Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 9:29 AM CDT
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4 to be Sentenced in Girl's Sex Assault

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Four men who have pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of an 11-year-old Southeast Texas girl two years ago are due in court for formal sentencing.

The men are part of a group of 20 males charged in the attack and will be sentenced during court hearings Friday in Liberty.

Those being sentenced are 20-year-old Timothy Ellis; his 21-year-old cousin Rayford Ellis Jr.; 23-year-old Kelvin King; and 20-year-old Jared McPherson.

Each is expected to be sentenced to 15-year prison terms as part of plea agreements with prosecutors.

Of the 20 people charged, six juveniles and six adults have accepted plea deals. The only person to go to trial, Eric McGowen, got a 99-year prison term.

McGowen fled his trial before being convicted but was captured two weeks later.

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