Howard Witt back in Paris Texas, reports on Aaron Hart’s 100 years sentence
Paris, Texas seems to be the gift that keeps on giving as it relates to Howard Witt andthe Chicago Tribune. Might it have something to do with Lamar County D.A. Gary Young? Here is Witt’s latest offering from my hometown in regards to Aaron Hart, a mentally challenged young man who received a 100 year sentence for sexual assault of a boy in Paris.
- Last September, the 18-year-old man was charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old neighbor boy behind a tool shed in the small east Texas town of Paris. A relative of the victim said she walked outside and saw Hart with his pants pulled down, standing next to the boy.
- Police read Hart his Miranda rights and he quickly admitted his guilt. On Feb. 11, Hart’s court-appointed attorney entered guilty pleas to each of five related felony counts, a jury recommended multiple sentences and a judge then ruled that the prison terms be served consecutively, for a total of 100 years.
- Except that now, less than two months after Hart was sentenced, every court official who had a hand in the case seems to agree that he doesn’t really belong in prison for what amounts to the rest of his life. That’s because Hart is profoundly mentally retarded. He has an IQ of 47, and his parents say he functions at the level of a 9-year-old. The boy he confessed to molesting is mentally retarded as well.
- And since he has been in jail, Hart himself has been repeatedly raped, according to his parents. The first assault, allegedly by an inmate who is serving a far shorter sentence of just 8 years for sexual indecency with a child, so disturbed the alleged rapist’s mother that she called Hart’s parents to apologize.
Read Howard Witt’s Metally retarded Texas teen serving 100 years in its entirety.