A jury found a local man guilty Thursday, then handed him to a lengthy sentence in prison, on multiple counts of sexual assault of a child and human trafficking.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Lilley said the panel in the 354th District Court returned the guilty verdicts Thursday afternoon and then delivered the sentences about one hour later for Dereck Wayne Fuller Jr. on two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of trafficking of persons-continuous.
The jury sentenced him to 99 years in prison on the trafficking count and 20 years in prison on each of the sexual assault of a child charges.
The jury was chosen in the case Monday and testimony began Tuesday.
Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. has explained the trafficking charge alleges Turner committed sexual assault, during a period of 30 or more days, on two or more occasions.
Walker said the trafficking indictment was filed as it applies “if you harbor, entice, or transport with the intent to commit the sexual assault of a child.”
Fuller, 28, was arrested June 19, 2018 following an incident in which he was said to have barricaded himself inside a Greenville residence.
The trafficking charge is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from 25 to 99 years to life in prison.
The sexual assault of a child charges each carry a sentence upon conviction of from two to 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, Quineshia Lacole Fuller, 27, who has listed addresses in Greenville, Garland and Dallas in court records, was taken into custody Monday afternoon at the Greenville Police Department. Fuller is being held in the Hunt County Detention Center in lieu of a total of $500,000 bonds on two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of trafficking of persons continuous. Jail records indicate the offenses allegedly occurred on or about Jan. 31, 2018.
She has filed a writ of habeas corpus and is scheduled to appear in district court on the writ on November 13.
Quineshia Fuller also has an indictment pending on a charge of tampering with a witness. The Hunt County grand jury issued the charge in April and she had pleaded not guilty.
She was alleged in the indictment to have attempted to influence and/or coerce a female victim, who was reported to be a witness in the case of Dereck Wayne Fuller, Jr. not to talk about the defendant “with any member of law enforcement or forensic interviewer” on or about June 20. 2018.
The indictment is listed as a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison.
An announcement hearing on the indictment is scheduled Nov. 21 in the 196th District Court.