Well, they don’t fool around in Texas, I suppose. William Jacobsen, a youth baseball coach from Little River-Academy, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibilty of parole for sexually abusing two boys, one who played on his Little League team. Jacobsen, 32, was arrested in Mexico where he had fled with his wife, Marilyn Wesson, 58, after initial police questioning. (Frances McDormand in “Fargo”: “He’s fleeing the interview! He’s fleeing the interview!”)
Jacobsen was the first person indicted and tried in Bell County under a new law that went into effect in 2007, which raised the punishment range between 25 years to life in prison without parole for continuous sexual assault crimes that occur beyond a 30-day period. What makes me especially unsympathetic is the fact that he threatened to harm the families of two other kids if they talked about the abuse. Charming fellow.
A jury took 27 minutes to bring in the verdict. And that included lunch.*
Prosecutors Paul and Leslie McWilliams placed two more of Jacobsen’s victims on the witness stand during the hearing. One was a member of the team Jacobsen coached, the other was a friend who would frequent Jacobsen’s home with other players.
Jacobsen and his common law wife, Marilyn Wesson, 58, fled Bell County after an initial interview with law enforcement officers. The two were fugitives for 50 days before they were captured in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on Aug. 9, 2008. Jacobsen fought extradition back to Central Texas but three weeks after his arrest on the border, he was booked into the Bell County Jail. Wesson was returned to Bell County only three days after her arrest on a charge of hindering apprehension.
So that was a distasteful bit of typing. Suddenly I long for some Brett Favre news.
* = May not have included lunch.