POSTED: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 4:28pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 1:10pm
HOUSTON (AP) - A jury has sentenced a Houston-area man to life
in prison without parole for raping his girlfriend's 4-year-old
daughter shortly before the girl died last year.
Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos said 28-year-old
Lucas Coe was given the maximum sentence Thursday, which included a
Coe was convicted Tuesday of super aggravated sexual assault of
a child, an elevated charge that requires him to serve the entire
sentence. Prosecutors say they didn't pursue a murder charge
because the assault conviction potentially carried a stiffer
Prosecutors say evidence showed Emma Thompson had about 80
bruises, a skull fracture and torn genitalia after the attack in
She died later at a hospital.
The girl's mother is serving 20 years in prison for injury to a
child by omission.