POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 4:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:21pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — A Tyler man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing young children at a mobile home park, received a life sentence on Wednesday morning in a Smith County courtroom.
Thomas Harold-George Brookbank was arrested in July of 2012 at the Shiloh Pines mobile home park on the 2500 block of Shiloh Road in Tyler.
At the time, the mother of a 9 year old female victim said that Brookbank had sexually assaulted the girl and her friends at a clubhouse in a nearby wooded area.
There were multiple young victims reported.
Following the incident, even Brookbank's half-sister, Jeanne Morrison, told KETK that she was wary of him.
"I hope he does get a conviction. And I hope he does a long time serving, because if he gets out, I know he'll do it again," Morrison had said.
On Wednesday, Morrison got her wish.
Brookbank was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Jack Skeen in the 241st District Court of Smith County.
Jason Parrish, the prosecuting attorney in the case, tells KETK, "several years ago state legislation adjusted the parole statute in the law, as it pertains to the sexual assault of younger kids."
"If a victim is 6 years old or younger, a conviction will automatically shift from 25 years to life," Parrish said.
Brookbank will have no opportunity for parole.