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Jury convicts Beaumont man; judge sentences him to 50 years for sexually assaulting child
A 40-year-old Beaumont man was found guilty by a jury Wednesday and sentenced to 50 years in prison by Senior Criminal District Judge Larry Gist for the March 2, 2012 sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl, Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw said. The jury returned a verdict after less than 15 minutes of deliberation.
One witness stated during testimony that Stevie Blaschke Hanke "took away that little girl's childhood" and that the girl will forever remember what he did.
Following the sentencing, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Eric Houghton said: "We are very pleased with the jury's swift verdict and Judge Gist's sentence of 50 years. Justice was served for this brave little girl and her mother today. This individual will never hurt another child again."
The defendant must serve at least 25 years of his sentence before being considered for parole based upon current parole law. Should parole ever be granted, the defendant will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.