by BRAD ROLLINS
A Hays County jury today laid down a 20-year prison sentence for a former Texas State University football player convicted last week of breaking into bedrooms with the intention of sexually assaulting women as they slept.
Jonathan Porterie, 24, was convicted on Friday of three counts of burglarizing a habitation with attempted or intended sexual assault, first-degree felonies, and one count of improper photography, a state jail felony.
Jurors gave Porterie five years probation on the improper photography charge and 10 years probation on the first of the burglary charges. But on the third and fourth burglary convictions, the jury handed down prison sentences of 10- and 20-years, respectively. The sentences will run concurrently and Porterie will be eligible for parole after serving half his time.
“We specifically told the jury that this was not a probation case. They agreed with us on two of [the convictions]. The jury heard us loud and clear. We know he will be spending at least half of the 20-year sentence in prison,” said Hays County assistant district attorney Brian Erskine, who prosecuted the case with Gerard Jesus Perches Jr.
During a week-long trial, three women testified that during the fall 2012 semester, they awoke in the night to find Porterie, 22-years-old at the time, either touching them or leering from their bedside. A fourth woman said she did not know that Porterie had broken into her apartment and taken photos of her sleeping naked until he was arrested and searched months later.
Porterie, who has been held at the Hays County jail since his arrest on Nov. 5, 2012, will receive credit for the 504 days he has already served. Porterie will be eligible for parole in 2023, when he will be 33 years old.
District Judge Bruce Boyer presided over the trial, which began with jury selection on March 17.Email | Print