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An alleged gang-rape victim cries in the courtroom in Texas. The man charged with beating and raping her as an adult had been convicted of a different violent crime and his convictions for that offense could be used to show he was a repeat offender. Hundreds of people testified during the three-week trial. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Eric Furasawa wipes a tear away from his eye at the Tyler, Texas courthouse where the verdict in the trial of Derek Pyle was read on Wednesday. Pyle and two other men charged with gang raping a woman in 2016 were found guilty of rape. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

A DeSoto, Texas, police officer and his wife hug after the guilty verdict in the trial of Nicole Harrell, the sister of DeSoto Police Officer Eric Harrell who was found guilty of murder for shooting her ex-husband, Jimmie Johnson. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hundreds of people fill the courtroom to watch the verdict in the trial of the DeSoto Police Department in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Erica Harrell, sister of DeSoto Police Officer Eric Harrell, charged with murder in a fatal shooting of her ex-husband was found guilty of capital murder. Erica Harrell is seen with the jury box. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Austin Bohemeather (L) reacts while her sister, Lucia Bohemeather, cries in the courtroom in Dallas, Texas, as the sisters listened to the verdict in the trial of Mercedes Odom, while her father is held back by an officer. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Thousands of people line up outside the Deweyville Municipal Auditorium in Mauriceville, Texas, for voting in the midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. About 80 percent of registered voters cast ballots in an election that decided a hotly contested governor’s race and set Texas as a bellwether for the 2020 presidential race. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

DeSoto Police officer Eric Harrell is comforted by his sister, Erica Harrell, a victim’s advocate, following the verdict in the trial of Nicole Harrell on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in DeSoto, Texas. Harrell, Eric Harrell’s sister, was found guilty of capital murder for shooting her ex-husband, Jimmie Johnson. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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