GALVESTON, Texas – A repeat sex offender was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Galveston County jury for failing to register as a sex offender, according to the Galveston County District Attorney.
Thomas Lee Alexander III. had to register with the local law enforcement agency for being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in Harris County in 1995, according to the attorney’s office.
In 2017, Alexander moved from Galveston to Indiana without notifying local authorities, and in 2019 Galveston police learned that Alexander was in Indiana jail and was extradited back to the county, according to a press release. Alexander was charged for failing to register as a sex offender with two previous crime convictions, the press release said.
Prosecutors said Alexander had three previous convictions for non-registration during the trial, two in Harris County and one in Arizona. Assistant District Attorney Quinten McConico told the jury that Alexander was “someone who has no interest in following the rules,” the press release said.
Due to Alexander’s conviction and previous convictions, his sentences ranged from 25 years to life imprisonment.
The jury sentenced him to 40 years in prison.
“Our community is safer with Mr. Alexander locked up in the TDCJ, and the jury did the right thing in sending him away for 40 years,” said McConico.
He will be eligible for probation in 10 years or less if he is awarded the good time.
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