Cisco man guilty of attempted murder, sexual assault of child

Clayton Lee Fought, 21, was arrested during January 2014 in connection to the kidnapping, sexual assault and attempted capital murder of a young Eastland girl found injured near Lake Cisco on Sunday afternoon. According to complaints filed by Kenneth Preston, an investigator for the 91st Judicial Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Fought has “admitted to the offense and given specific details which would only be known by the perpetrator.”

ABILENE, Texas - A Cisco man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting an Eastland girl pleaded guilty Friday to a string of crimes, including attempted capital murder and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Clayton Lee Fought, who was 21 when arrested in early 2014, also entered a guilty plea to a charge of two counts of indecency with a child by contact, according to the 91st District Attorney's Office.

Fought, who pleaded guilty to the array of charges about 3:30 p.m. Friday, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the sexual assault, 60 years for attempted murder, and 20 years for each of the indecency charges.

Fought kidnapped the 12-year-old girl in January of 2014.

Texas Rangers and other law enforcement agencies joined together to search for the girl and found her in a wooded area near Lake Cisco.

The girl suffered stab wounds to the leg and neck and there were signs that she had been sexually assaulted, according to the initial news release.

A complaint filed by investigator Kenneth Preston stated that Fought "admitted to the offense and gave specific details which would only be known by the perpetrator."

Fought will be eligible for parole after he serves half of his sentence.

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