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  • Gunman who was free on bond gets 45 years for shooting two security guards

    Posted by · February 26, 2022 8:35 PM

  • A Missouri City man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting two security guards with an assault rifle outside a club in southwest Houston while free on bond in 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.

    Landon Kenrie “Ken” Johnson, 40, shot one security officer five times and the other once while running towards the club with an assault rifle, just 20 minutes after being forced to leave because he was fighting on February 1, 2019. He committed the offense in Harris County after a court in Fort Bend had freed him on bond for a separate shooting.

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  • DA Kim Ogg's statement denouncing labeling of transgender medical care as child abuse

    Posted by · February 25, 2022 8:48 PM

  • "As District Attorney of the most populous county in Texas, I oppose attempts by Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton to designate life-saving care for transgender children as 'child abuse.'

    As a member of the LGBTQ community myself, I am particularly sensitive to the invidious nature of this order—it turns family members against each other at the expense of their children. It is a remnant of a hateful past that I had hoped our society had matured beyond.

    I will not prosecute any parent, any facility, or anyone else for providing medically appropriate care to transgender children. I will continue to enforce the Constitution and the state’s criminal laws to assure the greatest degree of freedom and order that we can achieve."

  • 10-year-old Houston cancer patient sworn in at over 200 law enforcement agencies becomes honorary Harris County DA Investigator, deputy constable

    Posted by · February 21, 2022 8:49 PM

  • A 10-year-old who has well overshot his goal of becoming an honorary police officer at 100 area law enforcement agencies has badge No. 222 and a new title to add to his collection: Honorary District Attorney’s Investigator.

    Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel received the commendation in person Monday from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who praised the youngster who is battling terminal brain and spine cancer, almost four years after he was diagnosed with five months to live.

    “We all have a lot of confidence that you, DJ, will fight to uphold our Constitution and our laws, like we do,” Ogg said at a ceremony with her leadership team and a dozen officers from other agencies applauding the boy. “The fact that you want to do this, as a young person, makes us feel great about the difficulties we face every day in fighting crime. To have a new, young, strong, brave ally is exactly what law enforcement needed.”

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  • Felon gets 15 years for illegal possession of shotgun

    Posted by · February 18, 2022 8:51 PM

  • A felon who wielded a shotgun as he demanded that space be cleared in the driveway of his girlfriend’s home in the Langwood neighborhood, so he could park his pickup truck, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.

    Ricardo Lemos Casares, 43, was sentenced after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a weapon and his fourth DWI.

    “He has repeatedly proven himself to be a danger to society and now he is off the streets,” Ogg said. “He pulled out a gun to settle an argument and we are all lucky he didn’t pull the trigger.”

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  • Mother and boyfriend indicted for capital murder of 8-year-old boy who sold muffins to help family

    Posted by · February 18, 2022 8:51 PM

  • A Houston couple has been indicted for capital murder in the death of an 8-year-old boy who died in a motel room bathtub after being severely beaten, handcuffed, and bound with duct tape in March 2021, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.

    “The way this little boy died is almost unthinkable and absolutely horrifying” Ogg said. “We believe he was handcuffed, bound at the ankles and legs with ligatures and duct-tape, had his mouth taped shut and was beaten so severely that he either died from blunt force trauma or suffocated on the blood from his broken teeth.”

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  • Houston mother who lied about 5-year-old daughter falling to death from balcony

    Posted by · February 17, 2022 8:53 PM

  • A Houston mother who initially falsely claimed in 2019 that her 5-year-old daughter fell to her death from an apartment balcony was sentenced to 40 years for beating the girl to death, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.

    “Children are the most vulnerable and most innocent victims that we see in the criminal justice system, and a parent’s duty is to protect them, not violently beat them,” Ogg said.

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  • Prosecutors seek more possible victims of former Hedwig Village police officer

    Posted by · February 11, 2022 8:54 PM

  • Prosecutors are urging more possible victims to come forward if they recognize a former Hedwig Village police officer accused of offering special treatment to a woman in exchange for sexual favors while he was still employed with the police agency.

    “We know that sexual predators who use a badge to coerce vulnerable people generally do it over and over again,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “We have to get the word out to possible victims to come forward and speak up. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary and important.”

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  • ‘Every parent’s worst nightmare’: Apprentice plumber sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting 4-year-old girl while on the job at her home

    Posted by · February 10, 2022 8:55 PM

  • A 26-year-old apprentice plumber from Spring Branch has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting a 4-year-old girl in the living room of her home while his boss and the girl’s parents were looking at an upstairs bathroom, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.

    “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to have a stranger violate the sanctity of a family’s home and abuse a small child, and I’m proud we were able to get justice for this little girl,” Ogg said.

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  • Woman charged in MS-13 machete murder is on the run; reward offered

    Posted by · February 09, 2022 8:58 PM

  • A woman charged with murder for luring a man to his death at the hands of machete-wielding MS-13 gang members is on the run and a reward is being offered for tips leading to her capture, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Wednesday.

    Karla Jackelin Morales, 20, cut off her ankle monitor with GPS tracking abilities and jumped bail just days before her October 2021 trial was set to begin for her role in the 2018 shooting and machete killing of 24-year-old Jose Villanueva.

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  • Houston man sentenced to life in prison for killing two, including estranged wife who’d tried to escape him

    Posted by · February 01, 2022 1:25 PM

  • A man who stabbed two people to death, including his estranged wife while he was free on bail for previously attacking her, has been sentenced to life in prison.

    “She was trying to get away from her abuser, and had even moved away and tried to hide, when he tracked her down and viciously attacked her,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Tuesday.

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