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Former Chillicothe City Councilor found guilty and sentenced

QUANAH (KFDX/KJTL) - The jury in Quanah in the trial of a former Chillicothe City Councilor accused of sex crimes against children took less than an hour Thursday morning to find him guilty.

Rambo was sentenced to 99 years on two counts of aggravated sexual assault, 20 years on indecency with a child and a $30,000 fine.

Authorities said Rambo committed sexual assaults and acts of indecency with multiple children over a period of several years.

Thursday morning the defense closed its case without calling a single witness in Rambo's behalf. In closing arguments, the defense said the state's case is based on emotion because they have no forensic or scientific evidence. 

He said the prosecutor's case is based only on alleged victims' version of what happened ten years ago. The defense asked the jury to consider if those witnesses words prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In the state's closing argument, Hardeman County District Attorney Staley Heatly went over the testimony given by five children who said Rambo sexually assaulted them.

Heatly said Rambo's own son said in court yesterday that Rambo was "playing games with kids."

Following the announcement of the punishment two girls who  Rambo assaulted gave victim impact statements saying they had carried pain and anger because of Rambo for years and they are happy to help put him behind bars.

Wilbarger County District Attorney Staley Heatley, who was the prosecutor on this case said he was pleased with the jury's decision and that the victims feel some relief after the verdict.

"They all feel so vindicated that after all these years they have had the chance to stand up and confront the person that did this to them," Heatley said. "I think they all feel very empowered and it has been cathartic for them to see justice carried out to ensure this man is never free to do this again."

After the victim impact statements Rambo was taken into custody to begin serving his 218 year sentence.


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