ADA speaks out after 108-year prison sentence wraps trial

LAMAR COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) -- In the criminal case of the State of Texas versus Donald Jack Robertson, years of hard work and preparation finally came to a close Monday in Judge Wes Tidwell's courtroom.

Robertson was tried for two separate cases.

Those cases were set to begin in 2011.

"Those two cases were set for trial in 2011 and he failed to appear at a pre-trial in 2011," said assistant district attorney Kelsey Doty. "Then he failed to appear for the actual trial date and that's when the process of tracking him down and bringing him back started."

He was caught in Oregon in 2015.

Then this past June, jury selection began in his new trial.

But a mistrial was declared during opening statements when Robertson's dad stormed into the courtroom holding his dog and citing scripture.

"It was very frustrating of course, you know having our witnesses ready, bring people in from out of town, having our victims prepare and get both emotionally and mentally prepared to testify," said Doty. "But at the same time, we wanted to make sure that Mr. Robertson has a fair trial."

Doty says the amount of people that had to be organized and prepared made the case very difficult but says groups like the Children's Advocacy Center play a huge role.

"They are invaluable when it comes to assisting families, victims and children," said Doty.

The new trial started about 2 weeks ago.

For the first case, Robertson was found guilty of sexually abusing a child in 1999 and sentenced to 36 years in prison.

For the second case, Robertson was found guilty of abusing another child between 2007 and 2010 starting when the girl was 6 years old.

The jury found him guilty and recommended 72 years, for a total of 108 years in prison.

"Shows the community as well as the victims that these crimes are very serious and someone who commits these crimes needs to be separated from society for a very long time," said Doty.