Barrett found guilty of human trafficking, sentenced to life in prison | Local News

Jeffery Barrett was found guilty on Friday in a human trafficking case involving four children.

A jury in the 354th District Court convicted Barrett, a Hunt County resident, of continuous child trafficking. A sentencing hearing was held immediately after the verdict.

The jury then handed down a life sentence.

Barrett will need to spend at least 30 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before he can be considered eligible for parole.

An automatic appeal process was launched after the sanction.

Barrett also received approximately 3.5 years of credit for time already served at the Hunt County Detention Center after his initial arrest in connection with the case.

Jeffery Barrett had been held at the prison since September 25, 2017.

Barrett’s wife, Barbara Barrett of Greenville, was convicted in September 2021 of the same charge and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

The Barretts were accused of abusing and neglecting their adopted children while forcing them to work in a puppy mill attached to their home.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office of the Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Division assisted the Hunt County District Attorney in the prosecution.

Jeffery Barrett faces a sentence of five to 99 years to life in prison.

An amendment to the indictments filed on September 1, 2021 alleged that the Barretts “knowingly trafficked” the four children “by force, fraud, or coercion” to “engage in forced labor or services.”