A Lamesa man who locked himself in his bathroom and threatened to kill himself rather than face trial in August soon will be residing in the Texas penitentiary.
    Following more than two days of testimony, a jury in 106th District Court this past Wednesday found 50-year-old Pedro Torres Gutierrez guilty on felony charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child.
    The following day that same jury assessed Gutierrez the maximum prison time allowed on each charge: life in prison for continuous abuse of a child and 20 years for indecency with a child.
    That means Gutierrez could be spending the rest of his life in the Texas prison system, as information provided by the court shows Gutierrez must serve at least half of his sentences before being considered for possible parole.
    Although prosecutors asked that Gutierrez be required to serve the two sentences consecutively, Senior Judge Cecil Puryear, presiding at the trial by assignment, opted to allow the two sentences to be served at the same time.
    Gutierrez has been in custody since Aug. 10, when he initially was scheduled to face trial on the two charges. Instead of showing up at court that day, however, he apparently locked himself in a bathroom at his home in 600 block of North 7th Street.
    After a nine-hour standoff  involving multiple officers and support personnel from various agencies, Gutierrez eventually surrendered peacefully and has been locked up since with bond set at $300,000.


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