In 118th District Court today, Judge Timothy Yeats handed down the sentences to former Big Spring detective Joel Rojo, following last week's conviction. After hearing testimony from witnesses for the Defense, Mr. Rojo's attorney requested minimum sentencing on all charges. District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson made no request for sentencing, stating that the Judge is aware of the severity of the crimes as well as the betrayal committed by the defendant during his time as a public servant. Wilkerson also stated that the defendant displayed no signs of remorse.
After all testimony and statements concluded, Judge Yeats recessed for 15 minutes before returning with maximum sentences on 3 of the 4 felony charges:
Charge #14689 Sexual Performance by a Child: Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, with credit of time already served of 1 day. Must serve half of the sentence before being considered for parole. Must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Charge #14690 Indecency with a Child by Exposure : Sentenced to 10 years, with credit of 1 day already served.
Charge #14813 Attempted Indecency with a Child by Exposure: 2 years imprisonment, with credit of 1 day already served.
Charge #14814 Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact: 20 years imprisonment with credit of 1 day already served. Must serve half of the sentence before being considered for parole, and must register as a sex offender for life.
Sentences will run concurrently, which means that the total number of years, 52, are grouped together. Therefore, the longest sentence, 20 years must be served by a minimum of half (10 years) before parole will be considered.
District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson tells KBest News that Mr. Rojo is now in custody in the law enforcement center where he is being processed for a transfer to the diagnostics unit of the Texas Criminal Justice Division, which will either be Abilene or Huntsville. He will be assessed for 45-90 days to determine where he will spend the rest of his time.