Texas man commits suicide after being convicted of child assault

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Texas man commits suicide after being convicted of child assault

A man in Texas who was convicted of child sexual assault died after he chugged down a mystery liquid while the verdict was being read to the courtroom.

57-year-old Edward Leclair was being read his guilty verdict in a Denton County courtroom.

NBC News reports that after the first count was read aloud, Leclair took out a bottle of what looked like a clear liquid and began drinking it.

Leclair, who used to serve the Navy as a mechanic, was charged two years ago with five counts of sexual assault on a minor between the age of 14 and 17.

After more than years of deliberations, Leclair was looking at a sentence of possibly 100 years. The entire time, Leclair has maintained that he is innocent.

Leclair’s lawyer, Mike Howard,  told NBC News, ” I looked over and noticed him drinking; his hand was shaking, I thought it was shaking because of the verdict. Then he kept drinking and drinking.”

After drinking most of what was in the bottle, he was sent to his cell on standby for sentencing.

When the courtroom returned, a bailiff said Leclair was throwing up.

He was taken to a hospital, and 45 minutes later, Leclair was pronounced dead.

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