2013-05-15 / Front Page

Robert Karl Nunley sentenced to life in prison

Robert Karl Nunley, a 48-year-old man from Gilmer, was sentenced to life in prison after he plead guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact, according to a press release from the Wood County Criminal District Attorney’s office.

The verdict was handed down by Judge G. Timothy Boswell of the 402nd Judicial District Court of Wood County on May 6, 2013, according to the release. After Nunley appeared before a jury on April 16, 2013, he decided to waive jury trial as to guilt and punishment. He also waived his right to appeal. Sentencing was then scheduled by Boswell for May 6.

Based on punishment evidence presented by the Wood County District Attorney’s office, Boswell sentenced Nunley to life in prison for the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to the release. Nunley was also sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison for the offense of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Both victims involved in the case were interviewed by representatives of the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center. According to the release, “the work of the advocacy center was essential to a successful prosecution in this case. Specifically, the forensic work done by program director Kathy Smedley as well as her testimony proved invaluable.”

Criminal District Attorney Jim Wheeler led the prosecution, with Criminal District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys Angela Converse, Angela Hammonds and Joey Fenlaw assisting. According to the release, the case was prepared with the help of the Wood County Sheriff’s office, Upshur County Police Department, South Padre Island Police Department, the Cameron County District Attorney’s office, and the Upshur County District Attorney, Billy Byrd.

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