Grayson Co. man pleads guilty in sexual assault of an elderly woman

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GRAYSON CO., TX -- A Grayson County man pleaded guilty Monday, ending a brutal sexual assault case, and the victim spoke to News 12.

Surrounded by her family and friends, she watched, and listened, as her attacker received his prison sentence in a Grayson County Courtroom on Monday.

"I don't think he can ever be rehabilitated. I just hope he stays there for a long long time," said the victim.

We've chosen not to disclose her name.

On June 18th of last year, then 24 year old David Fothergill, who had done yard work for her before, broke into her Sherwood Shores home in the late evening and sexually assaulted her, then beat her within an inch of her life.

"It was one of the most brutal attacks I've seen in 30 years, we were very fortunate that the victim survived as a matter of fact," said prosecutor Kerye Ashmore.

Fothergill pleaded guilty to first degree felony injury to an elderly person, and first degree aggravated sexual assault. He's sentenced to 55 years on both counts. The sentences will run concurrently, and he'll be eligible for parole after 27 1/2 years.

"We were trying to keep the victim from having to testify details in a sexual assault case," said Ashmore.

"I could have made myself do it--but with my health, I need to concentrate on getting my health back," said the victim.

In court, the judge told Fothergill he was lucky the victim agreed to the plea deal.

"These type of victims always are willing to show mercy to their attacker when the attacker has shown none--so she's a special woman," said Ashmore.

In a victim impact statement, she told Fothergill that after he beat her, the doctors didn't know if she would survive, "I don't know whether it is something he will take to mind, or if he'll laugh at when he gets to the jail house. But I told him what I wanted him to know."