Criminal Verdicts, News and Nuggets

 

Jeff Ross     (Published February 1, 2017)   I am Attorney Jeff Ross – a former prosecutor and thirty-three-year veteran defense lawyer –  and I created this blog to inform the public the results of all criminal verdicts, along with other news and nuggets from the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in Houston, Texas.  


We report the winning verdicts and attorneys of all misdemeanor and felony trials, report defense attorneys who earn a trial-day dismissal, post random photos and entertaining YouTube videos of lawyers and CJC workers  and their families,  provide updates on case law and offer other tidbits of information.     Thanks for connecting with us and we hope you enjoy this blog!  jeffross486@yahoo.com (Note: Trial day dismissals include off docket dismissals near the trial date)

DAY 51NO JURY TRIALS DUE TO HURRICANE HARVEY – Blog to resume once trials begin on October 16, 2017

 

Trent Dressen

September 26, 2017 – Harris County Assistant District Attorney Trent Dressen will be leaving the office after serving for one year and will become an assistant DA in Dallas County.  Trent is getting married this weekend to Ashley Alexander (pictured above) and it was easier for Trent to move to Dallas than for Ashley to move to Houston.  He begins work in Dallas on October 9th.  His comrades threw him a little going away party.   They were happy he was getting married!

Pictured back row left-right – Becky Marshall, Shanice Newton, Cheryl Brown, Trent Dressen, Cyndi Perez, Dana Fernandez-Gonzalez, Chandler Raine, Tyler White and Tara Parker.  Front row – Christine Lu and Leah Leal.   They were also very sad that he was leaving them!

 

September 20, 2017 – For all the “old dogs” out there: a reunion will be held October 1, 2017.  Good chance to catch up and talk about old times!

September 15, 2017

David Breston   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAVID BRESTON for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 1505099 -338th -Aggravated Robbery

September 14, 2017

Jill Lansden   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JILL LANSDEN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 1517968 -176th – Burglary Habitation

Carlos Rodriguez   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CARLOS RODRIGUEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 1481755 -178th – Indecency with a Child 

September 13, 2017

Franklin Bynum   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney FRANKLIN BYNUM for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 2161313 -CCL5 – Trespass

Michael Edwards   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MICHAEL EDWARDS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #s 2144868 and 2144869 -CCL8 – False Report to Officer and Discharge Firearm Metro Area 

  Alan Macias   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ALAN MACIAS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 2109921 – CCL16 –  Assault  

Brock White   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney BROCK WHITE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 1540850 -177th – Possession of Controlled Substance  

   Kristin Guiney    A well respected former Prosecutor, former Judge and Defense Attorney has been appointed to the vacant 232nd Criminal District Court.  Kristin Guiney will re-occupy the judicial bench to the delight of the members of the Harris County criminal justice family.   She was always a fair-minded and honorable jurist and we look forward to handling cases in her court once again.  Kristin was judge of the 179th from 2013 – 2016.

September 12, 2017

Jim Medley   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JIM MEDLEY for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 2114941 -CCL10 – DWI 

Joseph Gagliardi   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JOSEPH GAGLIARDI for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 1547894 -185th – Robbery 

  Joseph Gagliardi   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney JOSEPH GAGLIARDI for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case # 1547893 – 185th –  Robbery  

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DAVID YOON-LEE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #s 2094447 and 2071085 -CCL2 – Assault Family Member  

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTWoodrow Dixon   09/12/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney WOODROW DIXON for a Not Guilty verdict in the 339th District Court – Cause #1473716

Sexual Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the penetration of the sexual organ of the complainant by placing the defendant’s sexual organ in the sexual organ of the complainant, without the consent of the complainant and the defendant knew the complainant was unconscious and physically unable to resist

Presiding Judge –  Ramona Franklin  

(Note:  The evidence and arguments for this case were completed on August 25, 2017 and the jury came back September 12, 2017 – after Hurricane Harvey – to complete their deliberations.)

September 11, 2017

Abigail Anastasio   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney ABIGAIL ANASTASIO for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #s 1522973-1522972 -230th – Aggravated Sexual Assault and Indecency with a Child 

Nathaniel Munier   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney NATHANIEL MUNIER for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2141076 -CCL8 – Disorderly Conduct – Firearm 

  Maverick Ray   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MAVERICK RAY for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2141842 – CCL14 –  Assault  

   TRIAL SETTING DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARCO SAPIEN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2151299 -CCL13 – Criminal Mischief – Class A

September 11, 2017 HURRICANE HARVEY – The Harris County misdemeanor and felony courts were closed from August 26, 2017 to September 10, 2017 due to the devastating flooding of the Criminal Justice Center and Jury Assembly Room.  My hats off to all the judges, DAs, coordinators, court reporters, bailiffs, clerks, probation officers and other county employees for their exceptional work moving everything from the flooded Criminal Justice Center to multiple buildings within a couple block radius to create a criminal justice campus – all in one week.  All court dockets have resumed in temporary buildings and jury trials should resume sometime after September 25th.   Below is a breakdown of all the courts dockets.  Patience will be the key word.

   GUILTY VERDICTLindsey Hovland

08/25/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor LINDSEY  HOVLAND for a Guilty verdict in the 232nd District Court – Cause #1516523

Aggravated  Robbery

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by the complainant, and with intent to obtain and maintain control of the property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  10 Years Probation   

Presiding Judge – Terry Flenniken 

   GUILTY VERDICTMegan Elliot Long

08/25/17

Congratulations to Prosecutors MEGAN ELLIOT (top) and KATIE SHEFFIELD for a Guilty verdict in the 351st District Court – Cause #1471756

Aggravated  Assault

   GUILTY VERDICTKaty Sheffield

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant by shooting the complainant with a firearm

 

 Sentence –  6 Years Prison   

Presiding Judge – George Powell 

 

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HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL VERDICTS

February 1, 2017 through August 25, 2017

(Editor’s note: These are final verdicts only.  What is not shown in the final verdict is the excellent work Defense Attorneys sometimes do for their clients by getting a verdict reduced to a lesser included offense or getting a punishment that is less than the plea bargain offered by the state.  Not all trials are about guilt and innocence. To those trial lawyers … a job well done!)

   GUILTY VERDICTColleen Barnett

08/24/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor COLLEEN BARNETT for a Guilty verdict in the 178th District Court – Cause #1435566

Murder

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the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the death of the complainant by stabbing the complainant with a deadly weapon, namely a knife

 Sentence –  27 Years Prison and $10,000 Fine   

Presiding Judge – Kelli Johnson 

   GUILTY VERDICTAmanda Benavides

08/24/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor AMANDA BENAVIDES for a Guilty verdict in the 178th District Court – Cause #1470046

Murder

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the death of the complainant by striking the complainant with a knife, by striking with a blunt force object, and by striking with a sharp edged object

 Sentence –  Life in Prison    

   Presiding Judge – Leslie Yates   

   GUILTY VERDICTTim Adams

08/24/17

Congratulations to Pre-Commitment Prosecutor TIM ADAMS for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #8 – Cause #2133361

Driving While Intoxicated (.13)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation/$300 Fine   

    Presiding Judge – Jay Karahan     

(Judge Karahan expressed to me his high praise for Tim’s presentation of the case and his argument for a guilty verdict.  Judge says he will make an excellent prosecutor.  Tim took the bar exam in July and is awaiting the results in early November along with 7 other pre-commitments.  Best of luck!)

   MID-TRIAL DISMISSALMichael Edwards

08/24/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney MICHAEL EDWARDS for a Mid-Trial Dismissal in the 262nd District Court – Cause #1522707

Assault on a Family Member – Impede Breathing

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by impeding the complainant’s breathing by applying pressure to her neck

    Presiding Judge – Denise Bradley     

Murray Newman   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MURRAY NEWMAN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1460415 -228th – Aggravated Robbery 

   GUILTY VERDICTBayoji Akingbola

08/23/17

Congratulations to Prosecutors  BAYOJI AKINGBOLA (top) and BECKY MARSHALL for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #9 – Cause #2131787

   GUILTY VERDICTBecky Marshall

    Assault of a Family Member

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand and by biting the complainant with his mouth

 Sentence –  1 Year in Jail – (MAXIMUM JAIL)   

Presiding Judge – Analia Wilkerson 

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTStephen Touchstone   08/23/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney STEPHEN TOUCHSTONE for a Not Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #6 – Cause #2117251

Assault of a Family Member

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant in the head with the door and by grabbing the complainant by the arm with his hand

Presiding Judge –  Larry Standley  

  HUNG JURY – DISMISSBryan Savoy   08/23/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney BRYAN SAVOY for a Hung Jury then State Dismissal in the 180th District Court – Cause #1511711

Robbery

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by complainant, and with the intent to obtain and maintain control over the property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, by threatening aggravated assault and death, while concealing his hand as if he was holding a weapon and firearm

Presiding Judge –  Catherine Evans  

   GUILTY VERDICTBianca Rodriguez

08/23/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor BIANCA RODRIGUEZ for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #5 – Cause #2094772

Driving While Intoxicated (.19)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation/$500 Fine   

Presiding Judge – Margaret Harris 

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTBrian Harrison   08/22/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney BRIAN HARRISON for a Not Guilty verdict in the County Court at Law #3 – Cause #2122154

Interference with Duties of a Public Servant

the charge – unlawfully with criminal negligence striking the complainant’s hands and charging the complainant while complainant was attempting to detain another defendant, did defendant interrupt, disrupt, impede and interfere with the complainant, a peace officer while the complainant was performing his duty and exercising authority imposed and granted by law

Presiding Judge –  Natalie Fleming  

Kristin Guiney   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney KRISTIN GUINEY for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1540297 -185th – Aggravated Robbery 

  Chanae Davis   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CHANAE DAVIS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1536964 – 248th –  Burglary of a Building 

Ryan Patrick   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney RYAN PATRICK for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1538016 -185th – Aggravated Robbery 

  Stephen Aslett   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney STEPHEN ASLETT for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1538017 – 185th –  Aggravated Robbery 

   GUILTY VERDICTSarah Neyland

08/22/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor SARAH NEYLAND for a Guilty verdict in the 338th District Court – Cause #1525062

 

Evading Arrest with a Vehicle

the charge – unlawfully intentionally flee from the complainant, a Hedwig Village peace officer, lawfully attempting to detain the defendant, and the defendant knew the complainant was a peace officer attempting to detain the defendant, and the defendant used a motor vehicle while he was in flight

 Sentence –  10 Years Probation/ 100 Days in Jail   

Presiding Judge – Ramona Franklin  

COURTHOUSE NUGGET (current as of October 3, 2017)

Here is an updated list of the individuals who have recently filed an appointment of treasurer with Stan Stanart’s office to become a Harris County misdemeanor judge for 2018 (incumbent in green – 4 judges that are retiring are not included):

CCL1:  Paula Goodhart (incumbent),  Hector A. Salgado

CCL2:  Bill Harmon (incumbent), Harold Landreneau, Lori Botello

CCL3:  Natalie Fleming (incumbent)

CCL4:  John Clinton (incumbent), Shannon B. Baldwin

CCL5: (OPEN BENCH ) Aaron Burdette, David M. Fleischer, Xavier Alfaro,  Armen Merjanian

CCL6:  (OPEN BENCH) John J. Wakefield, Kelley L. Andrews,   Linda Garcia

CCL7:  Pam Derbyshire (incumbent), Frank P. Pierce, Andrew Wright

CCL8:  Jay Karahan (incumbent),  Franklin G. Bynum

CCL9:  Analia Wilkerson (incumbent), Toria Finch

CCL10:  Dan Spjut (incumbent), Lee H. Wilson

CCL11:  Diane Bull (incumbent), Gus Saper

CCL12:  (OPEN BENCH) Juan J. Aguirre, John H. Spjut, Cassandra Hollemon

CCL13:  Don Smyth (incumbent),  Raul Rodriguez, Stephen Touchstone, Jessica Padilla

CCL14:  Mike Fields (incumbent), David Singer

CCL15:  (OPEN BENCH) Kris S. Ougrah, Samuel R. Bridgwater, Tonya Jones

   GUILTY VERDICTGrace Murphy

08/22/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor GRACE MURPHY for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #2 – Cause #2133084

Prostitution

the charge – unlawfully based upon the payment of a fee by the defendant, knowingly offer to engage in sexual conduct, namely sexual intercourse by straight sex, with the complainant

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation   

Presiding Judge – Bill Harmon  

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTEric Benavides   08/22/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorneys ERIC BENAVIDES (top) and SEAN DARVISHI for a Not Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #14 – Cause #2128264

 

Driving While Intoxicated 2nd (.088)

 NOT GUILTY VERDICTSean Darvishi

 

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

Presiding Judge –  Mike Fields 

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTWilliam Van Buren   08/22/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney WILLIAM VAN BUREN for a Not Guilty verdict in the County Court at Law #2 – Cause #2161017

Indecent Exposure

the charge – unlawfully expose his genitals to the complainant with the intent to arouse and gratify the sexual desire of the defendant and the defendant was reckless about whether another person who was present would be offended and alarmed by the act, to wit: the defendant exposed his male sexual organ in public and masturbated

Presiding Judge –  Bill Harmon  

Danny Easterling   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney DANNY EASTERLING for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1519429 – 339th – Aggravated Assault Family Member 

Herman Martinez   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney HERMAN MARTINEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2103261 -CCL13 – DWI 

   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney TERRY GAISER for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1511961 -337th – Aggravated Assault 

Herman Martinez   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney HERMAN MARTINEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1530644 – 262nd –  Aggravated Assault 

Connie Williams    TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CONNIE WILLIAMS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1492836 – 208th –  Robbery 

August 21, 2017  Courthouse Nugget

According to the Harris County District Clerk’s Online Website 8,425 cases were disposed from July 3, 2017 through July 31, 2017 and the breakdown of Appointed Attorneys, Hired Attorneys and No Attorneys are as follows:

Appointed Attorneys –  51.1 %

Hired Attorneys38.3 %

No Attorneys10.6 %

Below is a breakdown of each misdemeanor and felony court

   GUILTY VERDICTCahal McColgan

08/21/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor CAHAL MCCOLGAN  for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #4 – Cause #2110800

 

Driving While Intoxicated 

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  45 Days in Jail   

Presiding Judge – John Clinton  

Robyn Brown   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney ROBYN BROWN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1475206 -176th – Sexual Assault 

Kenneth Cager   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney KENNETH CAGER for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1461488 -228th – Theft > $200,000 

Matthew Brown   TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney MATTHEW BROWN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1530029 -262nd –  Burglary Habitation 

Craig Still    TRIAL DAY DISMISSAL – Great job Defense Attorney CRAIG STILL for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1506358 – 338th –  Assault Family Member – Impede Breathing 

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   GUILTY VERDICT Ryan Volkmer

08/18/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor RYAN VOLKMER  for a Guilty verdict in the 263rd District Court – Cause #1460210

Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly during a period of time of 30 days or more, commit at least 2 acts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 years of age, including an act constituting indecency with a child by contact committed against the complainant on 2 separate occasions, and the defendant was at least 17 years of age

 Sentence –  65 Years in Prison    

Presiding Judge – Jim Wallace 

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   GUILTY VERDICT Je'Rell Rogers

08/18/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor JE’RELL ROGERS  for a Guilty verdict in the 174th District Court – Cause #1451894

Aggravated Sexual Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the penetration of the anus and sexual organ of the complainant by placing his sexual organ in the anus and sexual organ of the complainant, and the defendant compelled the complainant to submit by the use of physical force and violence, and the defendant used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a knife

 Sentence –  60 Years in Prison    

Presiding Judge – Regan Clark  

   GUILTY VERDICT James Murphy

08/18/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor JAMES MURPHY  for a Guilty verdict in the 339th District Court – Cause #1387087

Aggravated Robbery

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly while in the course of committing theft of property owned by complainant, and with the intent to obtain and maintain control of the property, intentionally and knowingly place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and the defendant did then and there use and exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  60 Years in Prison and a $10,000 Fine   

Presiding Judge – Belinda Hill 

Gene Watkins   TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney GENE “TONY” WATKINS for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2112591 – CCL15 – Indecent Exposure 

   GUILTY VERDICT Mary Grace Schick

08/18/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor MARY GRACE SCHICK  for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #8 – Cause #2112173

Driving While Intoxicated  (.21)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  18 Months Probation/$500 Fine   

Presiding Judge – Jay Karahan  

   GUILTY VERDICT

08/17/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor SEPI ZIMMER  for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #10 – Cause #2133932

Driving While Intoxicated  (.12)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation/ $1000 Fine   

Presiding Judge – Dan Spjut  

Carlos Rodriguez   TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CARLOS RODRIGUEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1532572 – 228th – Impersonating an Officer

Yasha Sardari   TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney YASHA SARDARI for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2150432 – CCL1 – Theft 

DaSean Jones   TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney DASEAN JONES for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2125057 – CCL1 – DWI 2nd, FSGI, DWLI 

   GUILTY VERDICT Alex Cohn

 

08/16/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor ALEX COHN  for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #5 – Cause #2070126

Driving While Intoxicated  (.23)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation/ $1000 Fine   

Presiding Judge – Margaret Harris 

 

 

   GUILTY VERDICT

08/16/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor CHRIS CONDON  for a Guilty verdict in the 337th District Court – Cause #1459171 (Two Sexual Assault Trials and Two Convictions in 4 days for Mr. Condon  – Good Work!)

Aggravated Sexual Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the penetration of the sexual organ of the complainant by placing his sexual organ into the sexual organ of the complainant and the defendant compelled the complainant to submit by threatening to use force and the complainant believed the defendant had the present ability to execute the threat and the defendant used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  50 Years in Prison    

Presiding Judge – Jim Anderson 

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTJoel Salazar   08/16/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney JOEL SALAZAR for a Not Guilty verdict in the 179th District Court – Cause #1489517

Assault Family Member – Impede Breathing

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a member of the defendant’s family and a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by impeding the normal breathing and circulation of blood by applying pressure to the complainant’s neck and throat

Presiding Judge –  Randy Roll  

Cheryl Brown   TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney CHERYL BROWN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2013027 – CCL10 – Theft 

Peter Deleef   TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney PETER DELEEF for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2137336 – CCL11 – Assault Family Member 

Herman Martinez    TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney HERMAN MARTINEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2129411 – CCL12 – DWI 

Francisco Fernandez    TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #1526314 – 185th – Possession with intent to Deliver  

Mark Thiessen    TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MARK THIESSEN for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2076740 – CCL6 – DWI  

Michael Moore    TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney MICHAEL MOORE for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2155871 – CCL5 – Assault  

Kate Ferrell    TRIAL DAY DISMISSALGreat job Defense Attorney KATE FERRELL for earning a trial day dismissal for your client – Case #2116785 – CCL7 – DWI  

   GUILTY VERDICT Sarah Moss

 

08/14/17

Congratulations to Prosecutors SARAH MOSS  (pictured) and LUIS BATARSE for a Guilty verdict in the 228th District Court – Cause #1555099

Burglary of a Habitation and Aggravated Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly without the consent of the owner of the habitation, enter the habitation and commit the offense of  aggravated assault against the complainant with a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  32 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge – Belinda Hill 

 

   GUILTY VERDICT

08/11/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor CHRIS CONDON  for (2) Guilty verdicts in the 337th District Court – Cause #1517014 and #1517015

Aggravated Sexual Assault

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the sexual organ of the complainant AND the mouth of the complainant to contact the sexual organ of the defendant and the defendant compelled the complainant to submit by threatening to use force and the complainant believed the defendant had the present ability to execute the threat by acting in concert with an unknown male

 Sentence –  PSI Hearing to Determine Punishment   

Presiding Judge – Lee Duggan 

  REVERSE & REMANDDaucie Shefman   08/03/17

Congratulations to Public Defender DAUCIE SHEFMAN and her team for a Reversal of a Guilty verdict in the 351st District Court – Cause #1296569

Capital Murder

On 10/29/15 the jury convicted the defendant and sentenced him to Life in Prison Without Parole.  The appeal to the First Court of Appeals – No-01-15-00979-CR resulted in a reversal and a remand to the court for a new trial.

   GUILTY VERDICT Aaron Vonquintus

08/10/17

Congratulations to Prosecutors AARON VONQUINTUS (top) and LYNN NGUYEN for a Guilty verdict in the 185th District Court – Cause #1556876

 

Aggravated Kidnapping

   GUILTY VERDICT Lynn Nguyen

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly abduct the complainant and used or exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 

 Sentence –  55 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge – Regan Clark 

COURTHOUSE NUGGET – August 10, 2017

“The Trumpet Man”

A new person has arrived to lift the spirits of all those who enter and exit the Harris County Criminal Justice Center.  77-year-old Mr. Phillip Flakes (stage name Gabriel – “blow your horn”) has taken Ricky’s place as a person who wants to “uplift humanity through song”.  Phillip plays his cornet (a shorter version of a trumpet) at the criminal courthouse from 8:30am – 10:30am Monday – Friday.  Mr. Flakes is a TSU graduate in government and for the last 14 years he has  worked as a drug dependency counselor for Harris County.  He has decided at this stage of his life to put smiles on the faces of those who come to the criminal courthouse.   His motto is “live our lives by purpose, rather than by default.” 

August 7-11, 2017

Congratulations to the following Defense Attorney(s) for their TRIAL DAY DISMISSALS.  (Note: All information derived from the Harris County District Clerk’s website.  Dismissal not included if plead to another case or has an open case. Includes dismissals within a couple of days of trial day.)

Defense Attorney Michael Edwards

Felon in Possession of a Weapon – 176th – Case #1485010 


Defense Attorney Jose Cantu, Jr.

DWI – Court 5 – Case #2111028 


Defense Attorney Letitia Quinones

Sexual Assault – 230th – Case #1474583 


Defense Attorney Matthew Sharp

Child Abandonment – 338th – Case #1499412 

 

   GUILTY VERDICT Steve Walsh

08/08/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor STEVE WALSH  for a Guilty verdict in the 176th District Court – Cause #1511086

 

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant by striking the complainant with a firearm, and the defendant used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  2 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge – Nikita Harmon 

Mandate AffirmanceAlan Curry

08/08/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor ALAN CURRY (now with the Galveston DA) for writing the appellate brief that resulted in the affirmance of a conviction in County Criminal Court at Law #3 – Cause #1980492

DWI    No. 01-15-00512-CR

 Sentence –  180 Days in Jail Probated for 1 Year and $500 Fine Reinstated   

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August 2-4, 2017

Congratulations to the following Defense Attorney(s) for their TRIAL DAY DISMISSALS.  (Note: All information derived from the Harris County District Clerk’s website.  Dismissal not included if plead to another case or has an open case. Includes dismissals within a couple of days of trial day.)

Defense Attorney Steve Shellist

Official Oppression – Misd. – 180th – Case #1515430 


Defense Attorney Robin McIlhenny

Official Oppression – Misd. – 180th – Case #1515429  


Defense Attorney Gerald Fry

Assault Family Member 2nd Offender – 178th – Case #1456983 


Defense Attorney Ray Castro

Assault of a Family Member – Choking – 176th – Case #1494321 


Defense Attorney Cornel Williams

Sexual Assault of a Child – 228th – Case #1491870  


Defense Attorney Brian Coyne

Felon in Possession of a Weapon – 228th – Case #1529263 


Defense Attorney Mike Trent 

Promotion of Prostitution – CCL15 – Case #2123291  


Defense Attorney Tad Nelson

DWI – CCL15 – Case #2084440 


Defense Attorney Maverick Ray

Possession of a Controlled Substance – 178th – Case #1507018  

   GUILTY VERDICT Ashley Guice

08/04/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor ASHLEY GUICE for (2) Guilty verdicts in the 185th District Court – Cause #1530466 and 1530467

Sexual Assault of a Child Under 17

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the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause the mouth of the complainant, a person younger than 17 years old, to contact the sexual organ of the defendant AND intentionally and knowingly cause the sexual organ of the complainant to touch the sexual organ of the defendant

 Sentence –  8 Years in Prison AND 10 Years Probation  

Presiding Judge -Susan Brown  

   GUILTY VERDICT Grace Murphy

08/04/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor GRACE MURPHY  for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #2 – Cause #2096002

Driving While Intoxicated  (.18)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  30 Days in Jail   

Presiding Judge – Bill Harmon 

   GUILTY VERDICT

08/04/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor GARRETT MOORE   for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #10 – Cause #2084632

Driving While Intoxicated 2nd Offender – (.197)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  2 Years Probation/$1000 Fine/3 Days in Jail  

Presiding Judge – Dan Spjut 

  REVERSE & REMANDAdam Brown   08/04/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney ADAM BROWN for a Reversal of a Guilty verdict in the 180th District Court – Cause #1452040

Assault of a Family Member 2nd Offender

On 08/13/15 the jury convicted the defendant and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.  Adam’s appeal to the First Court of Appeals – No-01-15-00717-CR resulted in a reversal and a remand to the court for a new trial.

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTThomas Martin   08/03/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney THOMAS MARTIN for (2) Not Guilty verdicts in the 177th District Court – Cause #1517214 -1517226

Theft Third Offender and Possession of a Controlled Substance

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly possess a controlled substance, namely oxycodone, weighing less than 1 gram by unlawfully appropriating by acquiring and otherwise exercising control over the property of the complainant of the value of less than $2500, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property (and the defendant had twice before been convicted of theft)

Presiding Judge –  Terry Flenniken  

   GUILTY VERDICT

08/03/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor TIFFANY LARSEN  for a Guilty verdict in the 262nd District Court – Cause #1518925

Aggravated Robbery

the charge – unlawfully while in the course of committing theft of property owned by the complainant, and with the intent to obtain and maintain control over the property, intentionally and knowingly threaten and place the complainant in fear of imminent bodily injury and death, and he defendant did then and there exhibit a deadly weapon, namely a firearm

 Sentence –  25 Years in Prison   

Presiding Judge – Denise Bradley 

 

   GUILTY VERDICT Andrew Figliuzzi

08/02/17

Congratulations to Prosecutor ANDREW FIGLIUZZI  for a Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #5 – Cause #2038719

 

Driving While Intoxicated – (.163)

the charge – unlawfully operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated

 Sentence –  1 Year Probation/$500 Fine   

Presiding Judge – Margaret Harris 

 

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTDiana Sims   08/01/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney DIANA SIMS for a Not Guilty verdict in County Court at Law #9 – Cause #2136768

Assault Family Violence

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a member of the defendant’s family, a member of the defendant’s household, and a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand, by biting the complainant with his teeth and by grabbing the complainant with his hand

Presiding Judge –  Analia Wilkerson  

August 1, 2017

Congratulations to the following Defense Attorney(s) for their TRIAL DAY DISMISSALS.  (Note: All information derived from the Harris County District Clerk’s website.  Dismissal not included if plead to another case or has an open case.)

Defense Attorney Alan Cohen

Super Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child <6 – 182nd – Case #1483224 


Defense Attorney Zack Fertitta

Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution – 248th – Case #1522876  


Defense Attorney Jules Laird

Possession of a Controlled Substance – 339th – Case #1472385 


Defense Attorney Mike Trent

DWI – CCL5 – Case #2123069 

 

Courthouse News – July 2017

  NOT GUILTY VERDICTTiffany Hill   07/31/17

Congratulations to Defense Attorney TIFFANY HILL for a Not Guilty verdict in the 176th District Court – Cause #1484553

Assault Family Violence

the charge – unlawfully intentionally and knowingly cause bodily injury to the complainant, a person with whom the defendant had a dating relationship, by striking the complainant with his hand

Presiding Judge –  Nikita Harmon 

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