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  • Alvin man sentenced to 40 years for stealing land and reselling it

    Posted by · April 09, 2022 5:18 PM

  • Alvin man sentenced to 40 years for stealing land and reselling it

    A 54-year-old Alvin man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for stealing properties from elderly and deceased owners and then selling those properties to unsuspecting buyers, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.

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  • Harris County’s Black female prosecutors and DA Kim Ogg on Judge Jackson

    Posted by · April 07, 2022 5:52 PM

  • Harris County’s Black female prosecutors and DA Kim Ogg on Judge Jackson

    As the country watched the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the nation’s highest court, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg offered her congratulations, and several Black female prosecutors shared what this moment in history means to them as public servants in the criminal justice system.

    District Attorney Kim Ogg:

    “We congratulate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her ascent to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is exceptionally qualified, which is shown by her spectacular record and impeccable credentials, and we need her perspective as a Black woman and as an expert in criminal justice on the country’s highest court. She is a historic nominee and has demonstrated throughout her career that she will be impartial, meticulous, and will put the law and Constitution first in every case.”

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  • District Attorney Ogg thanks Harris County Commissioners for funding prosecutor positions

    Posted by · April 05, 2022 5:54 PM

  •  District Attorney Ogg thanks Harris County Commissioners for funding prosecutor positions

    Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg thanked county commissioners Tuesday for approving $7.5 million in funding to fill existing prosecutor positions in areas such as Domestic Abuse and Sex Crimes and increase the pay of entry-level hires.

    By a vote of 4-0, commissioners voted in favor of the proposal that essentially unfreezes the funds that had previously been earmarked for existing positions and salary increases.

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  • Rapist sentenced to 56 years in prison for 2006 cold case

    Posted by · April 02, 2022 6:46 PM

  • Rapist sentenced to 56 years in prison for 2006 cold case

    A Louisiana man who was staying in Houston in 2006 has been sentenced to 56 years in prison for abducting and raping a 14-year-old in a case solved by DNA through testing the Houston Police Department rape kits, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.

    “This attack, a horrific example of stranger danger, was compounded when we had a backlog of rape kits waiting to be tested,” Ogg said. “This victim waited long enough, but now she has gotten justice.”

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  • Woman who was mastermind in her employee’s death gets life in prison

    Posted by · April 02, 2022 6:41 PM

  • Woman who was mastermind in her employee’s death gets life in prison

    A Houston woman who was the mastermind behind a vicious robbery in which one of her own employees was shot to death has been sentenced to life in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.

    Dinesha Renee Jackson, 28, was convicted Friday of capital murder following a five-day trial for the Dec. 17, 2017, slaying of 20-year-old Dequan Donte Anderson. Jurors took less than an hour to reach a unanimous verdict, which came with an automatic sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

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  • Boy pushed out of wheelchair for dressing as police officer becomes honorary investigator

    Posted by · April 01, 2022 6:47 PM

  • Boy pushed out of wheelchair for dressing as police officer becomes honorary investigator

    A third-grade boy who was ridiculed and pushed from his wheelchair for wearing a police uniform to school for Career Day has learned that members of law enforcement consider him one of their own.

    Now he has the titles to prove it: Honorary District Attorney’s Investigator, Honorary Deputy Constable and Junior Firefighter.

    Michael Martinez, 8, who has cerebral palsy and wants to become a police officer, received the commendation in person Friday from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who praised his courage in the face of a personal threat.

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  • Boy in Wheelchair Who Saved Family During Freeze Bullied at School for Dressing as Police officer

    Posted by · April 01, 2022 6:05 PM

  • Boy in Wheelchair Who Saved Family During Freeze Bullied at School for Dressing as Police officer

    8-year old Michael Martinez was made an honorary deputy Friday by several Houston-area law enforcement agencies. They gave the shy boy a bunch of badges and showered him with gifts during a special ceremony.

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  • Houston man gets life sentence for shooting in dispute over assault rifle

    Posted by · March 26, 2022 6:49 PM

  • A Houston gang member was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder for shooting a 19-year-old woman during a dispute over an assault rifle in 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.

    “This gang member took a teenage girl to a quiet neighborhood by promising to release her to her friends and gunned her down in cold blood to make it look like a drive-by shooting,” Ogg said. “Only a monster could go through with that level of calculated planning and premeditation.”

    Patrick B. Jackson, a 30-year-old member of a street gang known as the Vice Lords, was convicted late Friday of killing Maria Fuentes, 19, whose body was found in the 5900 block of Hopetown in east Houston’s Pine Trails subdivision on Aug. 31, 2019.

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  • Former HCSO deputy from Kingwood sentenced to 10 years for possession of child pornography

    Posted by · March 25, 2022 6:53 PM

  • A former Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy was sentenced Friday by a judge to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday.

    Donald Thomas Dehnert, 50, who worked as a sheriff’s deputy was sentenced by state District Judge Kelli Johnson after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

    He pleaded guilty in exchange for letting the judge determine punishment, and she handed down the maximum. Dehnert was facing a sentence ranging from probation to 10 years in prison.

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  • Man who murdered veteran during Cypress home invasion sentenced to life in prison without parole

    Posted by · March 10, 2022 8:27 PM

  • A Houston man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering a Marine Corps veteran during a home invasion in Cypress in 2018, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.

    Dwayne Ernest Wharton, 22, was convicted by a jury of capital murder earlier this week for killing Leandro Morales Jr., 47, who was home with his wife when Wharton and another man smashed through the back door in November 2018.

    “A Harris County jury made the right decision in locking this brazen and violent criminal behind bars for the rest of his life,” Ogg said. “A person who breaks into a home at 11:30 a.m. on a Thursday with a loaded pistol with a laser sight obviously has bad intentions, and the consequences have to match the crime.”

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