A former Texas A&M student sentenced to prison earlier this year for sexual assault continues launching appeals to fight his conviction.
26 year old Jacob Pape of Lubbock, a former member of a Texas A&M Christian student group, was found guilty in February of the charges dating back to 2017. Pape was given a seven year sentence, after asking for probation.
In March, Pape filed a motion for a new trial, based on allegations from a member of the jury. The judge denied the request without explanation last week, and this week, Pape’s lawyer filed notice that the decision will be appealed t the 10th Court of Appeals in Waco.
There were two parts to the motion for a new trial. According to court documents, the district attorney’s office stated the remaining 11 members of the jury did not use their cell phones to go online and investigate witness testimony. And prosecutors stated the jury followed the judge’s instruction to disregard the victim’s trial testimony that Pape was a sexual predator.