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East Texas Man Sentenced to 11 Consecutive Life Sentences

An East Texas man has been sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences plus consecutive prison terms totaling 450 years after he was convicted of 34 counts of child sexual abuse.

The Jacksonville Daily Progress reports a Cherokee County jury on Thursday found Kevin Ray Morris Sr. guilty of molesting, raping and threatening multiple children ranging from age 4 to 16 for more than 20 years before he was charged.

State District Judge R. Chris Day decided to stack the sentences and told Morris, "If I could give you more time to serve, I would."

The jury also ordered Morris to pay $340,000 in fines.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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