Sitting quietly next to his lawyer Thursday in 35th District Court, Gerald Livingston listened as District Judge Steve Ellis read a teenage girl’s written statement.
    Livingston, now 24, had ripped out the girl’s heart and soul when he sexually assaulted her in 2011, the girl said in her statement.
    Ellis approved a plea bargain that sent Livingston to prison for 10 years after Livingston pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
    The girl, who is in CPS care, was not present for the sentencing.
    “You should never have done this to an innocent little 8-year-old,” the girl said in her statement. “I still hear my screams for help. Sometimes I just wish I was dead.”
    Livingston’s lawyer, Kirk Fulk, said Livingston had been living with the girl’s family when he assaulted her. He was unsure of the circumstances that took Livingston into the family’s home.
    Fulk said several years transpired after the assault before the girl made an outcry to a counselor.
    Livingston himself was a victim of ongoing sexual abuse that started before he assaulted the girl, Fulk said.
    This girl said in her statement she is continuing a “journey of healing. You’ll not write the rest of my life story. I will,” the statement ended.
    In other recent court cases, according to information from District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office:
    Roland Eugene Burkes pleaded guilty to forgery of an elderly individual and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Burkes pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two years in state jail.
    Justin Weierhausen, on probation for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, was adjudicated and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    Stacey Raquel Ruiz, on probation for fraud and injury to a child, was revoked and sentenced to four years in prison.
    Troy Soto, on probation for DWI, was revoked and sentenced to two years in prison.
    Hunter D. Jackson, on probation for possession of marijuana in a drug free zone, was adjudicated and sentenced to 16 months in state jail.
    Sixto Esquivel Delacruz, on probation for DWI with a child passenger, was revoked and sentenced to one year in state jail.
    Jeffrey Weldon, on probation for forgery, was adjudicated and sentenced to 12 months in state jail.