A truck driver who sexually abused twin sisters in Waco over a five-year period was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years on Monday.
Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court sentenced Roque Alfonso Gonzales to three concurrent life prison terms and five concurrent 20-year prison terms, ordering Gonzales to serve one of the 20-year terms consecutively with one of the life terms.
Gonzales, 59, must serve at least 50 years in prison before he can seek parole. Gonzales pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child in one case and two counts of sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child in incidents involving the second girl.
Gonzales pleaded guilty to the judge without benefit of a plea bargain recommendation from prosecutors Hilary LaBorde and Christi Hunting Horse.
Gonzales sexually abused the girls beginning when they were 11 and continuing until they were 16.
The girls had a troubled home life and lived for a time with their grandmother. Many of the assaults occurred at their grandmother’s home when she was away at work, court records show.
Both victims are now 19. One lives in Mexico with her husband and was unable to attend Monday’s plea hearing.
Her sister, in an emotional victim-impact statement, told the judge about the trauma the sexual abuse put her through. She said Gonzales sexually assaulted her more times than she can count over the five-year period.
“If he could have done it three times a day, he would have,” she said.
Gonzales’ attorney, Francisco Maldonado, of Temple, declined comment on the case.