March 07, 2006

Ex-pastor gets 3 life terms for abusing boys

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

FORT WORTH - Former River Oaks pastor Larry Nuell Neathery was sentenced to three life prison terms and 22 other lesser penalties Tuesday afternoon after a Tarrant County jury recommended the maximum penalties on all 25 charges involving the sexual abuse of five boys, including three young relatives, for six years.
Rejecting defense pleas for leniency, the jury of nine men and three women deliberated more than three hours before recommending that Neathery serve three life sentences and 10 prison terms of 99 years on 13 counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony. The 13 counts involved three of his victims.
Jurors also assessed 20-year prison terms on seven counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact and two counts of sexual performance by a child. Those charges are second-degree felonies involving three victims.

Posted by kshaw at March 7, 2006 07:35 PM