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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.