An Horry County jury on Thursday convicted a Conway man of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson announced in a release.
Angel Luis Sanchez Jr., 44, was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and Circuit Court Judge Paul Burch sentenced him to 35 years in prison, according to Assistant Solicitor Leigh Andrew, who prosecuted the case along with Joshua D. Holford, a senior assistant solicitor.
The trial for Sanchez began with jury selection Monday and testimony starting Tuesday. Jurors deliberated for about 45 minutes before reaching their unanimous verdict in the case, the solicitor’s office said.
Sanchez was formally charged April 17, 2016, in the case, but was taken into custody hours after the child reported the assault to her mother, Andrew said.
“I commend the jury for their verdict in the case and that we were able to bring justice to this victim, who as a child is among the most vulnerable in our society,” Andrew said. “With this verdict and sentence, we are able to protect other children in our community.”