June 24, 2014

Man gets 30 years in prison for causing child’s head injury

A prosecutor said Samuel James Gray would have killed his girlfriend’s child had doctors not saved him

A 42-year-old Fort Worth man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for causing a traumatic brain injury to his ex-girlfriend’s 22-month-old son.

Samuel James Gray was convicted last week of causing serious bodily injury to a child. He elected to have state District Judge George Gallagher sentence him, a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said.

Gray must serve half of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole, the release said.

Prosecutors Melinda Westmoreland and Leticia Martinez presented evidence that on Nov. 30, 2010, Gray was watching the child while the mother was at work. Gray called the mother and told her that the toddler had fallen down the stairs and was lapsing in and out of consciousness. The mother called 911 and emergency medical personnel took the child to the hospital for emergency surgery, the release said.

Gray denied injuring the child and gave differing accounts to authorities about what happened, the release said.

During the punishment phase, prosecutors introduced Gray’s criminal history, which included convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing serious bodily injury.

“This defendant committed the most horrible of crimes, almost killing a child,” Westmoreland said. “If not for medical intervention, this would have been a capital murder.”

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