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On Thursday, in Liberty, Texas, a man who had been on the run for two weeks because he fled his trial before conviction was told his fate for his part in a group rape on an 11 year old Texas girl.
The judge formally sentenced Eric McGowen to 99 years in prison without parole. The sentencing hearing took place in the very same courtroom McGowen had fled from and remained a fugitive for two weeks.
During his hearing, 20 year old McGowen remained silent and consistently looked down at the floor.
When state District Judge Mark Morefield asked if McGowen had any legal grounds to object to his sentence, the 20 year old spoke through his attorney, saying that he objected to the sentence because it was “cruel and unusual.”