A Texas man who pled “no contest” to charges of attempted rape of both young girls and the elderly received a sentence of 40 years in prison, a local district attorney announced.
“This defendant preyed on the most vulnerable of our community,” said Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood. “It is appropriate to cage him away from our community.”
Eric Hemphill, 36, was caught after he broke into the home of two young girls and tried to assault them, according to a statement by the DA’s office. One of the girls escaped and called for help. Hemphill fled the scene, but not before he was captured on surveillance video.
When Hemphill was arrested, investigators were able to link his DNA to three other sexual assault cases—one of a 13-year-old girl, one of a 63-year-old woman, and one of a 79-year-old woman.
The 13-year-old girl had been hit over the head with a hammer and forced inside a car. She was sexually assaulted while she was unconscious, and woke up near a highway hours later.
The two elderly women were assaulted after Hemphill entered their home under the pretense that he worked for a cable company.
Hemphill was convicted on sexual assault and burglary charges.
[Photo: Bexar County DA's Office]