Texas father slams judge for giving 180-day jail sentence to man, 19, who raped 14-year-old


A father in Texas is bashing a local judge after his daughter’s rapist was sentenced to just 180 days in jail.

Eli Binnion, 22, could be free in as soon as 100 days under the sentence handed down by Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens on June 3, which is part of a probation sentence.

Binnion pleaded guilty to the rape, which also will result in a 10-year probation and require him to register as a sex offender. 

KJAS said the sentence includes three years in state prison for an assault he committed while in jail awaiting trial for the rape and 180 days in county jail for the rape.

Binnion was credited with time served, however, because he’s been in jail awaiting trial on the rape charge for two years and nine months. 

Eli Binnion, 22, could be free in as soon as 100 days under the sentence handed down by Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens on June 3, which is part of a probation sentence

Eli Binnion, 22, could be free in as soon as 100 days under the sentence handed down by Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens on June 3, which is part of a probation sentence

Eli Binnion, 22, could be free in as soon as 100 days under the sentence handed down by Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens on June 3, which is part of a probation sentence

Eli Binnion, 22, could be free in as soon as 100 days under the sentence handed down by Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens on June 3, which is part of a probation sentence

Binnion pleaded guilty to the rape, which will also result in a 10-year probation and require him to register as a sex offender

Binnion pleaded guilty to the rape, which will also result in a 10-year probation and require him to register as a sex offender

Binnion pleaded guilty to the rape, which will also result in a 10-year probation and require him to register as a sex offender

Prosecutors in the case were seeking 15 years in prison for Binnion. 

‘Be careful what judges you elect,’ the victim’s father said to FOX 26. 

‘What is the judge telling our children when we try to teach our children to go to the police? Let the police handle everything. Let the law do it. That’s what their job is, and then this happens. You get a slap on the wrist,’ the victim’s father said.

His identity and his daughter’s identity were not revealed to protect the victim’s privacy.

‘No victim is gonna want to come forward and go through all of the struggles and all of the ordeal that they have to go through, just for the person to get out and walk free,’ he continued. 

Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon told FOX 26 that Binnion forcibly sexually assaulted a girl, who was 14 at the time. Binnion was 19. 

Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens (pictured) sentenced the rapist, but the light sentence left the victim's father furious.

Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens (pictured) sentenced the rapist, but the light sentence left the victim's father furious.

Polk County District Court Judge Travis Kitchens (pictured) sentenced the rapist, but the light sentence left the victim’s father furious. 

On July 1, 2018, the father said the victim was at a family gathering when she decided to ride with Binnion and one other person to a Hampton Inn in Livingston, Texas, to get supplies for the party. After the hotel run, the victim was expected to return to the gathering.  

But according to the district attorney, Binnion proceeded to follow the teenager into a hotel room, where he forced her onto the bed before raping her as the victim tried to fight him off.

Hon said the victim’s parents wanted to testify in the trial, an idea shot down by Kitchens.

‘They said that they didn’t want to hear it,’ the father said. ‘Wouldn’t do any good. He already made his mind up.’

Mike Davis, Binnion’s defense attorney, refutes the claim that the judge declined to hear family testimony and said such a decision would fall on the district attorney’s office. 

Despite Binnion pleading guilty, the judge did not make a finding of guilt when adjudicating the case. 

The alleged rape took place in on July 1, 2018 at a Hampton Inn in Livingston (pictured) around a gathering for the Fourth of July

The alleged rape took place in on July 1, 2018 at a Hampton Inn in Livingston (pictured) around a gathering for the Fourth of July

The alleged rape took place in on July 1, 2018 at a Hampton Inn in Livingston (pictured) around a gathering for the Fourth of July

According to court records, Binnion also broke the jaw of fellow inmate Anthony William Slaton while in jail awaiting trial on the rape charge on September 2, 2018. He got three years for that attack. 

He also had a history of assault and evading arrest. The father claimed he had known Binnion for years. 

He shared the trauma his daughter has gone through.

‘I know that I’ve went in the room and she’s crying at night, can’t sleep, jumpy, jittery, emotional at times,’ he said. ‘She’s strong though. She’s coming over it best as can be expected, I guess. But she still had something taken from her that shouldn’t have been.’ 

He said Binnion ‘made a very bad decision’.

‘I pray that he doesn’t regret the decision he made, cause it’s gonna happen again,’ the father added. ‘People like that don’t just stop.’

‘I promised my daughter justice. And obviously I was wrong because the court system is not gonna give it to her.’ 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Kitchens’ office, with no response. 



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