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  • Cypress-area Man Sentenced to 40 Years For Killing Friend

    Posted by · July 20, 2024 1:49 PM

  • Cypress-area Man Sentenced to 40 Years For Killing Friend

    A Cypress-area man who killed a high school friend in a late-night shooting was sentenced to 40 in prison on Friday, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “There was absolutely no reason for this cold-blooded murder, so we know this man is a danger to the community,” Ogg said. “In fact, after he was freed on bond for murder, he continued his criminal ways and was rearrested for carrying a gun.”

    James Michael Sotelo, 21, was sentenced by a judge to 40 years in prison for the murder of Corey Thompson, a friend from high school who was spending the night at the Sotelo family home, on March 20, 2021.

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  • Houston Man Sentenced to 26 Years For Trafficking Teen

    Posted by · July 16, 2024 3:12 PM

  • Houston Man Sentenced to 26 Years For Trafficking Teen

    A 38-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for trafficking a minor, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday.

    “A man who preys on a teenage victim is a predator and deserves to go prison for decades,” Ogg said. “This victim was brave enough to help put her abuser in prison, and we are grateful to the jurors who helped get justice for this girl.”

    A jury convicted and sentenced Akeem Olajuwon Winfield, 38, in a three-day trial last week of forcing a 15-year-old runaway to prostitute herself in 2018.

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  • Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Deer Park Murder in Re-Trial

    Posted by · July 11, 2024 12:07 PM

  • Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Deer Park Murder in Re-Trial

    A man who has been free on bond for the past nine years after his first conviction was overturned for a 2008 murder in Deer Park was sentenced late Wednesday to 25 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    Although Cameron Michael Moon was finally held accountable for his actions, Ogg noted that the case has languished in the appellate courts for years.

    “Lawyers face deadlines every day,” Ogg said. “Appellate courts should have them as well for criminal cases, and this case shows exactly why. No family should have to wait 16 years for justice.”

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  • Houston Man Convicted of Child Abuse Gets Two Life Sentences

    Posted by · July 03, 2024 7:33 AM

  • Houston Man Convicted of Child Abuse Gets Two Life Sentences

    A Houston man was sentenced to two life terms in prison this week for severely abusing two small children by beating them, restraining them with zip ties and withholding food in 2019 and 2020, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Our children are our most valuable resource and our most vulnerable victims,” Ogg said. “This man intentionally tortured two little kids and now, hopefully, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

    Victor Prado, 45, worked in a southwest Houston commercial office building as the owner of a moving company.

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  • Humble Teen Sentenced to 40 Years for Killing Mother

    Posted by · June 28, 2024 8:57 AM

  • Humble Teen Sentenced to 40 Years for Killing Mother

    An Humble teen who killed his mother in 2022 then put her body in the trunk of the family car to flee Houston pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced this week to 40 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “This is an awful tragedy for this family,” Ogg said. “It was important that this defendant took responsibility for what he did, and now he will spend decades in prison for his actions.”

    Tyler Roenz, 19, killed his mother, 49-year-old Michelle Roenz, while the two were at home the morning of Oct. 13, 2022. He then put her body in the trunk of the family car, a black Mazda, and drove north. A family member arriving at the house after Roenz left suspected foul play and called the Harris County Sheriff’s Office about the mother and son being missing with the car.

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  • Spring Branch Man Gets to Two Life Sentences for Role in Death of Couple in 2017

    Posted by · June 27, 2024 2:40 PM

  • Spring Branch Man Gets to Two Life Sentences  for Role in Death of Couple in 2017

    A Spring Branch man was sentenced to two life sentences Wednesday for killing a man he knew, then killing the man’s girlfriend, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “This was an ambush, plain and simple, and it was important to the family and to our community that we bring the people who were responsible to justice,” Ogg said. “What happened to this young couple is simply unforgivable, and we will continue working to get justice for them and their families.”

    Herbert James Simon, 42, was sentenced by state District Judge Andrea Beall after being convicted of murder and aggravated kidnapping by a jury in a five-day trial.

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  • Serial Rapist Sentenced to 99 Years in Prison and a $10,000 Fine

    Posted by · June 20, 2024 4:37 PM

  • Serial Rapist Sentenced to 99 Years in Prison and a $10,000 Fine

    A serial rapist who assaulted at least four women in 2021 was sentenced this week to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “This man is a true predator who planned, plotted and schemed to rob and rape women, and this prison sentence ensures that he will be behind bars for decades,” Ogg said. “We are so very proud of the victims who came forward in this case and in similar cases. It’s hard to do, but it’s so important.”

    Morris “Mack” Lamour Holton III, 39, was convicted by a jury earlier this month of aggravated sexual assault for raping a woman in 2021. During the punishment phase, jurors also heard about three other victims. Holton was formally sentenced on Monday after several victim impact statements.

     

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  • Houston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2021 Crime Spree, Murder

    Posted by · June 08, 2024 1:23 PM

  • Houston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2021 Crime Spree, Murder

    The first of two brothers accused of a days-long crime spree in 2021 that left one man dead and another injured was sentenced Thursday to life in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Connecting online with strangers to buy and sell things at in-person meetups has become such an integral part of our culture that thieves and criminals are using the process to take advantage of innocent people,” Ogg said. “We have to remember to stay vigilant and try to have safeguards in place, even for transactions that come together quickly or happen late at night.”

    Alexander Salvador Ordonez, 22, was sentenced to life in prison by a judge after a five-day trial in which a jury convicted him of murder for killing 19-year-old Cameron B. Stevens at a Cypress Station apartment complex on Feb. 6, 2021.

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  • Husband Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison For Killing Wife at Spring Home

    Posted by · June 01, 2024 10:18 AM

  • Husband Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison For Killing Wife at Spring Home

    A 42-year-old man was sentenced this week to 50 years in prison for killing his wife at a relative’s home in Spring in 2020, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “No child should lose their mother to domestic violence, and that is why we take any case of violence against women so seriously,” Ogg said. “We know that violence escalates, like in this case, where the defendant committed at least two other assaults before killing an intimate partner.”

    Ralph Leroy Cooper pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced Wednesday by a judge for fatally shooting 43-year-old Rhonda Rochelle Williams just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2020.

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  • Houston Woman Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison For Killing Friend, Kidnapping Newborn

    Posted by · May 24, 2024 2:31 PM

  • Houston Woman Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison For Killing Friend, Kidnapping Newborn

    A Houston woman who killed a friend and kidnapped the victim’s newborn baby was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “This was a premeditated murder and kidnapping that should have never happened,” Ogg said. “I wish there was a way to undo all the harm and pain that this defendant inflicted on others, but all we can do is work to ensure that she spends decades in prison for her actions.”

    Erika Miranda-Alvarez, 35, pleaded guilty to murder for fatally stabbing 33-year-old Carolina Flores-Miranda and kidnapping the woman’s newborn baby on Dec. 19, 2017.

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