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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Aaron Dale Williamson pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child. A jury assessed punishment at life imprisonment and a $10,000 fine for each count.. The trial court ordered the sentences to be served consecutively. Williamson appeals, arguing the imposition of three consecutive life sentences is cruel and unusual punishment. HOLDING:Affirmed. Texas Penal Code 3.03(b)(2)(A) is the source for the consecutive sentence option in this case, the court explains. It provides the trial court with the option of choosing whether the sentences run concurrently or consecutively for convictions for multiple acts arising out of the same criminal episode for sexual offenses of this type. The court considers Williamson’s argument that under Roper v. Simmons, 125 S.Ct. 1183 (2005), and the “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society,” the statute is outdated. The court concedes that there is “some logic” in sentencing a defendant to three consecutive terms when the terms are 20 years each, and that the logic is “less apparent” when three life terms are ordered. “We are not, however, convinced that theories have been adopted either by federal or by Texas courts that would lead to the conclusion that imposition of consecutive life sentences is cruel and unusual, or disproportionate to the offenses committed. In this case, we are confronted with three first-degree felony offenses, each of which the jury found to be deserving of a sentence of life imprisonment. The type of sexual offenses against a child are those for which the Legislature has explicitly allowed consecutive sentences.” The court adds that there is no evidence in the record comparing this result with others in the same jurisdiction for this situation that would show Williamson’s punishment to be disproportionate for his crime. OPINION:Carter, J.; Morriss, C.J., Ross and Carter, JJ.

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