The Fort Hood soldier dubbed the "Laundry Room Rapist" was sentenced today to life in prison.
Bradric Fransaw changed his plea to guilty in the case of an aggravated sexual assault in a Killeen apartment complex laundry room last summer.
It took jurors in Bell County's 264th District Court less than half an hour to decide Fransaw's fate.
Since Monday, they've heard three victims' accounts of how they were sexually assaulted when Fransaw cornered them in laundry rooms at gunpoint.
"These are things that are going to be with them for the rest of their lives, and he deserves a life sentence for that," said Prosecuting Attorney Terry Clark.
Prosecutors pushed for the maximum sentence for what was one of several similar assaults reported in Killeen and Copperas Cove from June to August of 2010.
That includes one witnessed by the then 4-year old child of one of the victims.
"The way the offense was committed, the use of a weapon, the trauma that was inflicted on the victim, the presence of a child during the offense all called for a life sentence," said Clark.
Fransaw originally entered a plea of not guilty, but changed it to guilty this morning, after three days of testimony from victims and a DNA analyst.
Defense Attorney Al Amer spoke with Fransaw about the decision Tuesday night.
"He decided that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions. He did not want to put anybody else through any more grief and waste anybody else's time. He just wanted to get it over with," Amer said.
But Clark says it's far from over for Fransaw.
"The other cases are pending and we're prepared to go to trial, and we're setting a trial date on the other cases as soon as we can," he said.
Fransaw waived his right to have Amer's closing arguments heard.
After sentencing, several of the victims took the opportunity to stand before the court and confront Fransaw about the crimes he committed. Some spoke about forgiveness, some about repentance, and some about the anger that they were feeling.
Fransaw has 30 days to file a motion for a new trial.
His lawyer says he does not expect an appeal
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