October 31, 2020
Jose Isidro Flores Murillo, 52, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for continuous sexual assault of a child, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“Our criminal justice system depends on jurors showing up, so especially during this pandemic, we thank the citizens who engaged in our Democracy,” Ogg said. “We stand with the victims, and we are committed to putting sexual predators, like this man, behind bars for the rest of their lives.”
Murillo was sentenced Friday in one of the first felony trials in which a jury was selected at NRG Arena because of COVID-19. The case was then tried in the downtown criminal courthouse. Assistant District Attorneys Casey Smith and Tyler White prosecuted the case.
Murillo, who lived with his wife and sons near Hastings High School in Alief, was convicted of repeatedly assaulting a girl beginning in June 2009 when the girl was 6 years old until June of 2011. Murillo was not related to the girl, but he and his wife sometimes watched the girl overnight while her mother was at work.
“It’s really important that we fight for these victims when they’ve been struggling with something like this for so long,” said prosecutor Casey Smith. “She’s had to suffer through this for half her life, and we’re hoping to finally start the healing process.”
Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child is a charge with an enhanced sentence, including a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison without parole.