FORT WORTH — A Tarrant County judge sentenced a convicted felon to multiple life sentences Friday for sexually abusing a teenage relative and raping and shooting his next-door neighbor, who survived.In July, Anthony Devern Session, 37, of Fort Worth pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child, aggravated kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, vehicle theft and aggravated sexual assault. He elected to have state District Judge Mollee Westfall assess his punishment, a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said.Westfall gave Session three life sentences, one for each of the sexual assault cases and one for the kidnapping case. Westfall also sentenced him to 20 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and two years in state jail for vehicle theft. The sentences will run concurrently, and Session must serve 30 years before he is eligible for parole. Tim Bednarz and Kelly Loftus prosecuted the case.Investigators found that Session sexually abused a teenage relative and sometimes took photos of her. On Oct. 17, the girl’s mother found the images on Session’s cellphone, called police and left Session’s home with her daughter.Later that day, while Session was alone at home, he lured his 30-year-old next-door neighbor over and held her at gunpoint for 24 hours, during which he sexually assaulted her several times and threatened to kill her, prosecutors said. The next evening, Session shot the woman in the neck when she tried to escape. He then fled in her vehicle. A short time later, police stopped Session, who still had the gun, and arrested him. The neighbor had surgery to repair her jugular vein.Session has served prison time for kidnapping a woman in Abilene. He also has prior assault convictions, the news release said.
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