Sexual assault trial ends early with guilty plea

After only one day of testimony, a 20-year-old Brady man charged with aggravated sexual assault decided to forgo his jury trial and admit his guilt. Anthony Bone pleaded guilty Wednesday morning, ending what was expected to be a week long trial. Bone was on trial for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old Lohn High School student on April 8. The plea was part of an agreement that includes a 50-year prison sentence with no fine. The agreement also dismisses a previous charge of sexual assault that Bone was indicted on in November 2000. He will be eligible for parole after serving half his sentence. “This was something that was carefully thought out by the defense team,’ said defense attorney Clay Steadman of Kerrville. Both Steadman and defense co-council Rex Emerson said plea agreements have continually been offered before and during the trial. ‘We were prepared to continue with the trial,’ Steadman said. ‘Things like this happen a lot,’ added District Attorney Ron Sutton. ‘We are satisfied with the outcome.’ On the first day of testimony law enforcement officers presented evidence about the day the crime was discovered. Steadman said that Bone’s decision was not because of the evidence presented Tuesday. ‘There wasn’t any one thing that prompted him,’ he said. ‘The decision by Bone was the appropriate action to take at this time.’ In Tuesday’s testimony, prosecutors revealed that Bone offered the victim a ride and then took him to a house at 1802 N. Walnut where Bone was living at the time. Juan Hernandez of Brady owns the house. During the assault, Bone blindfolded, gagged, tied the victim up and photographed him. Bone then drove the victim to a ranch off County Road 112 and sexually assaulted him again, cut his throat three times and then tied him up and left him in an abandoned gray Chevrolet Camaro. The victim managed to get out of the car and walk six miles along Farm-to-Market Road 2028 before being picked up by David Evans. Evans testified Tuesday that he thought the victim had missed the bus to school until he saw that his neck was covered in blood and that there was ‘a butchered hole in his throat.’ Texas Ranger Matt Andrews and McCulloch County Chief Deputy Phillip Bernal testified that law enforcement officers followed a trail of blood at the ranch that started outside the ranch gate and ended in a clearing near the Camaro. Several items including bloody duct tape, a bandana and three cigarette butts were found on the ranch property. Andrews also testified to have found a roll of duct tape and a Polaroid camera in Hernandez’s house, along with three nonpornographic Polaroid pictures, one that included the victim. Bone arrived at the ranch around 9:20 a.m. when officers were investigating the scene. A bloody stain was found on the green Mazda car that Bone was driving when he was arrested. Brady police officer Frank Tabor testified that the victim had written Bone’s name on a piece of paper when Tabor asked if he knew who assaulted him. Tabor said the victim had trouble talking due to the nature of his injuries.

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