UPDATED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:25pm
PORT ARTHUR (KBMT) — A Southeast Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in the state penitentiary after prosecutors say he locked a 44-year-old woman in a small garage apartment where he repeatedly assaulted her and forced her to have sex.
Timothy Tate, 56, of Port Arthur, was sentenced Wednesday.
According to news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, the assaults began August 19, 2012 and continued for three days. On the third day she managed to convince Tate to let her go by promising that she would give him all of her pain medications if he would just take her to the hospital. Emergency room personnel were familiar with the woman, and it was they that notified the Port Arthur Police Department.
A Criminal District Court jury heard testimony over two days before returning a guilty verdict after only 45 minutes of deliberation on February 26, 2013. Punishment evidence included one felony prior for aggravated assault in 1996, and also the fact that Tate was on bond for a pending felony theft on the day that he committed the 2012 aggravated assault.
Tate must serve 25 years of his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
Prosecutor Rachel Grove said, "This was a predator savagely attacking a woman who was already injured. She suffered at his hands for three painful days, and he treated her like she was something less than human. He deserves every day of the fifty years that the jury gave him".
The felony theft case is still pending before the Criminal District Court, Judge John Stevens presiding.