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Leander family finds justice in parole violation

A Leander family finds justice after a man who got a light sentence for raping their child gets serious jail time for violating the terms of his release. (CBS Austin)

A Leander family finds justice after a man who got a light sentence for raping their child gets serious jail time for violating the terms of his release. And that same man could still face charges in another sexual assault case.

Wednesday Dane Kelsey Minter was sentenced to 15 years in prison for violating his parole. That’s a lot more than the six months in jail he got for raping a 14-year-old Leander girl back in 2009.

"It's over and that makes me feel like justice was served," says John Cowman, the girl’s father. Today he got to see minter finally get some serious jail time and perhaps show some remorse. He adds, “As he left he looked at me and gave a little grin and waved. And I believe it was his way of saying I'm sorry. And if that was in fact what that was I accept that."

But it took a long time to get this point as Cowman learned the meaning of "justice delayed." Cowman has attended every court hearing since Minter was charged with violating his parole. "I understand what working the system means,” he says. “The delays, his attorney, his mother was ill, someone had a cold. Delay after delay after delay."

And in late February, there was one delay too many. Cowman says, “After that hearing he went down to Hays County and got his 13-year-old victim and drove off to New Mexico."

We reached out to Hays County to see where that case stands today. District Attorney Wes Mau tells us they are still collecting reports and evidence to see what charges -- if any -- Minter may face.


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