MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - A jury sentenced a Parkway Village man to 10 years in prison on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery of a child.
In December of 2014, officials arrested 54-year-old Galdino Cruz after a 10-year-old boy told his mother he was afraid to go home. He said when Cruz drank, he tried to have sex with the child.
The boy told investigators that when he was seven or eight-years-old, Cruz climbed into bed with him, took the boys clothes off, and had sex with him. He said Cruz threatened to kill him if he ever told anyone.
Cruz was a neighbor and friend of the child's mother's boyfriend.
The victim came forward in December.
Cruz pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday.
He will not have the possibility of parole and will be on the Sex Offender Registry for life.