Collin County Courts: Jury finds Plano man guilty; he receives 50-year prison sentence for aggravated sexual assault of child

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced that 50-year-old Steven Troy Tillery of Plano, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Willis said: “This child’s courage in speaking out ensured that this perpetrator is locked up, behind bars, never to violate another child again.”

The Prosecution said Tillery sexually abused a child related to him at least three times in her sleep when she was 12-13-years old.

50-year-old Steven Troy Tillery receives 50-year prison sentence

Authorities said Tillery also sent the child text messages describing the acts of abuse and asked the child to allow him to continue with the abuse in exchange for gifts. The child told her mother about the text messages, and her mother then contacted law enforcement.

McKinney Police Department Detective Adrian Guzman and Sergeant Damian Guerrero investigated the case. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s Janetta Michaels forensically interviewed the child, who disclosed details of the abuse.

The jury returned a guilty verdict. Justice Kerry P. Fitzgerald assessed punishment at 50 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Assistant District Attorneys Geeta Singletary and Bobby Huber prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kim Voigt-Eanes and Victims Assistance Coordinator Susanne Riggs.

James Schafer sentenced to 40 years

In July 2017, 35-year-old James Schafer of Allen was sentenced to 40 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

Authorities said Schafer sexually abused a child related to him for several years beginning when she was 6 years old.

Local law enforcement first became aware of the abuse in 2016 when Schafer told family members in Michigan about what he had done to the child. Michigan State Police were contacted, and the case was referred to Allen Police Department once it was determined that the multiple instances of sexual assault occurred in Texas.

Lisa Martinez with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County forensically interviewed the child, who disclosed details about the abuse. Allen Police Department Detective Michelle Peel investigated the case.

Schafer pled guilty to the offense and Judge James Fry assessed the agreed punishment at 40 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Keil prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Greg Bowers.

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Collin County Courts: McKinney TX man given life without parole for murder of wife, her twin sister

Kelley Eugene Bigham, 52, of McKinney, Texas was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to Capital Murder of his wife and her twin sister, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
On June 20, 2016, Bigham, who was estranged from his wife, Karen Bigham, returned to the marital residence on High Pointe Drive in McKinney to retrieve some of his belongings. Police said Bigham’s adult daughter and Karen Bigham’s twin sister, Kathy Boobar, were also at the residence.
The prosecution said that Bigham (pictured) displayed a handgun and then told his daughter to leave. Immediately upon leaving the residence, Bigham’s daughter heard her mother yell “call 911,” and then heard two gun shots.
Police said Bigham fled and drove east to Rains County where his family lived. Bigham was arrested at his father’s house by the Rains County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the East Tawakoni Police Department and the Texas Rangers.
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Several family members were present for the plea and gave emotional victim impact statements.
They spoke of the love and friendship Karen, a hairstylist, and Kathy, a bank president, shared as well as how their tragic murders affected their community. Approximately 2000 people attended the twin sisters’ visitation and funeral services. District Judge Benjamin Smith accepted Bigham’s guilty plea and assessed the automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.
Assistant Criminal District Attorney Lisa Milasky King prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kenny Newton and District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator Susanne Riggs. McKinney Police Detective Craig Owens investigated the case, with assistance from McKinney Police Sergeant Russel May and Texas Ranger Reuben Mankin.
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