A Cotton County man convicted earlier this year of sexually victimizing a young girl in 2009 was sentenced to serve more than 200 years Thursday, a sentence the State hopes will keep him in custody for multiple lifetimes.
Douglas Marzelli, 35, was tried by Cotton County District Court Judge Michael C. Flanagan in April and found guilty of nine felony charges, including six counts of lewd molestation of a minor, one count of indecent proposals or acts to a minor, rape by instrumentation and one count of first degree rape of a minor.
Mark Clark, Assistant District Attorney for Cotton County, said Marzelli was actually tried for 15 separate felony charges, each relating to separate acts alleged by both of his girlfriend's daughters, but Flanagan found him guilty of the charges pertaining only to the younger victim, who was 8 at the time of the abuse.
Investigators also found child pornography on the computer at Marzelli's house, but Clark said because of the fact multiple adults lived at the house where he was staying, enough reasonable doubt existed to find him not-guilty.
Both Clark and defense attorney Jim Berry presented brief closing statements Thursday before Flanagan announced his verdicta verdict Clark called "well-deserved."
For each of the nine guilty verdicts, Flanagan ordered Marzelli to spend 25 years in prison, and all nine counts are to run consecutively, resulting in a 225-year sentence. Marzelli will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentenceapproximately 191 yearsbefore being eligible for parole.