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March 10, 2014

Alexander receives life sentence for 'atrocity'

Gainesville — A Cooke County jury sentenced Johnny Earl Alexander on Friday to life in prison and a $10,000 fine for the Sept. 28, 2011 first degree felony offense of serious injury to a child which resulted in the death of four-year-old, Nathan De Alejandro.

“I’m proud of the jury for their decision to ensure that no other child will be hurt by this man ever again,” Cooke County District Attorney Janice Warder said. “Based on his history with children he seems to enjoy torturing children. The facts of this crime are almost beyond the realm of the penal code. To me they are an atrocity. The nine medical examiners who staffed on this as well as the head of the Parkland Burn Unit had never seen burns that looked like these. And had never seen burns to this extent — over 60 percent of the body — that went untreated. It’s something you would expect to see in a war zone. It’s not anything you would expect to see in a civilized country.”

Warder said that Alexander was babysitting Nathan when the burns occurred. “The mother did return, but the testimony was that he prevented the mother from ever getting medical care for the child,” Warder said. “We called her to testify and she said that he pulled a gun on her and prevented her from ever getting help for the child. I’m sure his intent was that no authority would ever see Nathan’s body.”

“I believe the justice system has done its very best to deliver justice in this case,” Warder said.

Nathan’s mother Catrina Maldonado received a life sentence on Sept. 10, 2013 after pleading guilty to the felony offense of injury to a child. Johnny Earl Alexander is Maldonado’s boyfriend.

Johnny Earl Alexander’s parents, Johnny Lee Alexander and Matilde Medina Alexander had each received seven years confinement for the first degree felony offense of injury to a child.

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