A Lamar County jury found Justin Ryan Myers, 29, guilty of two counts of Injury to a Child on Aug. 24, 2021.
The 10 man, two-woman jury heard evidence beginning on Monday, Aug. 23 from multiple witnesses, including Myers’ two victims, his oldest step-children.
Judge Wes Tidwell presided over the trial. Mr. Myers was represented by Dan Meehan.
The physical abuse case was investigated in 2018 by Child Protective Services and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office after reports came in from two local elementary schools.
The jury heard testimony from a former school nurse and physical education aide and was also shown photographs of the children.
Assistant District Attorney Kelsey Doty, who prosecuted the case along with Nick Stallings, said, “the jury heard a lot of evidence in this case and some of it wasn’t easy to listen to or see. I am thankful that they took their job seriously and held Mr. Myers accountable for his actions.”
After finding Mr. Myers guilty, the jury heard evidence regarding another injury that was on the youngest step-child and his criminal history, including convictions for Assault Family Violence and Sexual Assault of a Child.
Lt. James Shanahan of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office testified about the defendant’s sex offender registration and status as a “high-risk offender.”
A number of the defendant’s friends and family also testified on his behalf.
The jury deliberated and sentenced Mr. Myers to a term of 20 years in prison, the maximum allowed under the law.
“We had some brave witnesses who came in and faced their abuser. The defendant is a high risk to the community and the jury made it clear they are tired of him preying on vulnerable people. I commend them for their decision and their hard work.,” said Assistant District Attorney Nick Stallings. District Attorney Gary Young said, “men like Mr. Myers don’t need to be allowed around women and children. Thankfully, 20 years in prison will correct that issue.”