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Man sentenced in sexual assault of a child case

Carlos Alberto Portillo, 35, a citizen of El Salvador, was sentenced to 50 years in prison Tuesday for the offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The sentence was handed down by District Judge Brian Gary pursuant to a plea agreement reached with Portillo by the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

Locals indicted

Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown released a list of people who were recently indicted on crimes that ranged from drug possession to aggravated assault. The indictments are formal charges and are not considered as evidence of guilt. The following people were indicted:

Brandon White’s mother tells jurors she wants justice for her son

The words “tornado,” “earthquake,” and “tsunami,” all suggest violent deconstruction of lives. And as descriptive as they are, they don’t come close to the destruction that rained down in the 15th state District Court Monday as Holli White took the stand and told the jury in Robert Gray’s murder trial she wanted justice for her dead son.

Mazzant nominated for federal district judge spot

A local magistrate judge could be changing offices soon. An announcement from the White House Friday said President Barack Obama nominated four people to serve as federal district judges. Two of those people were nominated to fill vacancies in the Eastern District of Texas. One of them is Sherman’s own Amos Mazzant III.

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Doctor testifies in Gray trial

Prosecutors in Robert Gray Jr.’s trial started the day Thursday by introducing the jury to the local doctor who treated Brandon White during the time the family lived in Denison before moving to California. The family moved back to Denison in 2012 and Brandon White, 15, was found dead in the family home on Jan. 8, 2013.

Fannin County Indictments include charges for cattle theft

The most recent indictments from Fannin County grand juror’s show the county’s crackdown on cattle rustling. Special Rangers of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office have worked together to disrupt livestock thefts, said the Fannin County District Attorney’s office in an email. Ten of the 39 cases presented to the Fannin County Grand Jury involved charges of cattle and livestock theft and engaging in organized criminal activity.