BONHAM — A Fannin County jury this week convicted Thomas Randazzo, 33, of McKinney of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, based upon his repeated sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl over the course of several months in 2014. The jury sentenced Randazzo to life in prison for the crime.

Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser said that the jury learned, during the punishment phase of the trial, that Randazzo had previous convictions in Arizona for sexual conduct with a child and failure to register as a sex offender.

Glaser said that during punishment arguments, Randazzo’s attorney Joey Fritts instructed the jury that it needed to consider that even the minimum sentence of 25 years would be a great hardship for Randazzo and that he would not be eligible for good time credit or parole. In response, Glaser said, Assistant District Attorney Brad Setterberg pleaded with the jury to consider Randazzo’s victims, the lives he had ruined and the safety of the community.

The jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before returning the maximum possible sentence against Randazzo.

“I appreciate the jury’s commitment to justice, as shown by their verdict,” Glazer said. “Randazzo is a predator that preys upon young children and has shown by actions that he is a danger to our community. Thanks to the jury’s life sentence, we know that Randazzo will never have another opportunity to victimize a child.”

Randazzo’s attorney Joey Fritz didn’t immediately return the Herald Democrat’s call seeking a comment on the case.