Gilmer man 2 life sentences affirmed in court of appeals - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Gilmer man 2 life sentences affirmed in court of appeals

Posted: Updated:
Johnathan J. Darden Johnathan J. Darden

UPSHUR COUNTY (KYTX) - On Friday, March 1, 2013, the Sixth Court of Appeals affirmed two life sentences and two $10,000 fines assessed by an Upshur County Jury last February against 27-year-old Johnathan J. Darden.

This case was reported to the Gilmer Police Department after Darden took his girlfriend's child, who was under the age of 14 at the time, and did not respond back to the home in Gilmer until the following morning of July 1, 2011.

The defendant, his girlfriend, and her daughter were living with the defendant's mother in Gilmer.

Upon the defendant's return to the home, Gilmer Police were waiting because the mother of the child contacted police to report that her daughter had been taken.

Darden was arrested and the child was briefly interviewed by an investigator.

The investigator determined the child should be taken to a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) and an exam was performed.

After physical evidence consistent with abuse was found during the exam, the child opened up and ultimately testified at trial about the abuse.

The victim testified that she had been abused sexually by the defendant on more that one occasion which led the grand jury to indict the defendant on two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Darden was both convicted and sentenced by the same jury in February 2012.

115th District Judge, Lauren Parish, presided over all proceedings. At trial, the State was represented by Criminal District Attorney, Billy W. Byrd. On appeal, the State was represented by Assistant DA, Natalie A. Miller.

At trial, Darden was represented by Gilmer Attorney, Brandon Winn, and on appeal, by Gilmer Attorney, Tim cone.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Three more defendants plead guilty in 2013 Tyler Motel murder

    Three more defendants plead guilty in 2013 Tyler Motel murder

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:27:00 GMT
    Three defendants in a 2013 murder pleaded guilty and avoided a trial Friday.More >>
    Three defendants in a 2013 murder pleaded guilty and avoided a trial Friday.More >>
  • Report: Flint girl's hot car death accidental, dad drug-free

    Report: Flint girl's hot car death accidental, dad drug-free

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:24:35 GMT
    Russel Lindstrom, charged with manslaughter in the hot car death of his young daughter was in court Friday morning for a bond-reduction hearing.More >>
    Russel Lindstrom, charged with manslaughter in the hot car death of his young daughter was in court Friday morning for a bond-reduction hearing.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: New law on inheriting online accounts

    Web Exclusive: New law on inheriting online accounts

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:51:58 GMT
    When someone dies, often their online identity dies as well. A new law in one state, however, is looking to change that.  Think about all of the online footprints and accounts you've made.More >>
    When someone dies, often their online identity dies as well. A new law in one state, however, is looking to change that.  Think about all of the online footprints and accounts you've made.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.