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  • Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance Programs Get a Boost from Reinvested Criminal Assets

    Posted by · February 02, 2024 6:14 AM

  • Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance Programs Get a Boost from Reinvested Criminal Assets

    Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg reinvested more than $1 million from seized criminal assets into community crime prevention programs in 2023 – the second-largest annual reinvestment since taking office in 2017.

    “These assets are seized from those who intend to destroy our communities – the drug and human traffickers, street racers and money launderers,” DA Ogg said. “By reinvesting these funds into community building and crime-prevention programs, we are disrupting the cycle of crime for profit and intervening in high-risk communities before crime takes hold.”

    The HCDAO’s Asset Forfeiture Division handled approximately 1,200 cases in 2023 and obtained judgments awarding more than $4.8 million for law-enforcement purposes and crime-prevention programs.

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  • Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance Programs Get a Boost from Reinvested Criminal Assets: DA Ogg Donates More Than $1 Million to Support Crime Prevention Efforts

    Posted by · February 02, 2024 6:07 AM

  • Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance Programs  Get a Boost from Reinvested Criminal Assets: DA Ogg Donates More Than $1 Million to Support Crime Prevention Efforts

    Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg reinvested more than $1 million from seized criminal assets into community crime prevention programs in 2023 – the second-largest annual reinvestment since taking office in 2017.

    “These assets are seized from those who intend to destroy our communities – the drug and human traffickers, street racers and money launderers,” DA Ogg said. “By reinvesting these funds into community building and crime-prevention programs, we are disrupting the cycle of crime for profit and intervening in high-risk communities before crime takes hold.”

    The HCDAO’s Asset Forfeiture Division handled approximately 1,200 cases in 2023 and obtained judgments awarding more than $4.8 million for law-enforcement purposes and crime-prevention programs.

     

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  • Baytown Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Molesting Three Girls

    Posted by · January 31, 2024 6:00 PM

  • Baytown Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Molesting Three Girls

    A 62-year-old Baytown man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for molesting three girls, one in 1982 and two others beginning in 1998, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Law enforcement and our prosecutors worked hard to untangle and uncover all of the evil acts committed by this man and get justice for these girls who are now women,” Ogg said. “Hopefully, this man will never again be alone in the same room with a child and can never hurt anyone again.”

    Jose Luis Pena was convicted by a jury last week of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14. Jurors first heard that he molested one girl once and another girl several times over three years beginning in 1998.

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  • Child Molester Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison Without Parole

    Posted by · January 31, 2024 6:32 AM

  • A 50-year-old Houston man was sentenced to 60 years in prison without parole for repeatedly molesting two girls over several months beginning in 2020, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Our children are our most vulnerable victims,” Ogg said. “And it is vitally important that we go to trial on cases like this so that the young girls who were abused get justice.”

    Daniel A. Reyes-Gomez was convicted by a Harris County jury of continuous sexual assault of a child for abusing two girls who were 7 and 12 at the time. He opted to have his punishment determined by the judge, who handed down a 60-year sentence on Thursday.

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  • Houston Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Shooting Shoplifter in the Back

    Posted by · January 29, 2024 10:05 AM

  • Houston Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Shooting Shoplifter in the Back

    A Houston man was sentenced late Friday to 35 years in prison for shooting an accused shoplifter in the back at a Family Dollar Store in the 4500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Easter Sunday in 2022, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Gun violence in Harris County is out of control because of situations like this in which someone thinks they can take a life because they are mad,” Ogg said. “The victim in this case had a family and was loved, and he should still be with us today.”

    Antonio Batres, 23, was convicted of murder by a Harris County jury in a five-day trial for shooting 49-year-old Troy Odom on Sunday, April 17, 2022. After the verdict, Batres asked that his punishment be determined by the judge, who handed down a 35-year sentence.

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  • Spring Valley Chiropractor Sentenced to 25 Years Without Parole for Molesting Children

    Posted by · January 25, 2024 7:47 AM

  • Spring Valley Chiropractor Sentenced to 25 Years Without Parole for Molesting Children

    An unlicensed Spring Valley chiropractor was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for molesting children almost a decade ago, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Our children are the most vulnerable victims in our community, and when they are hurt or abused, especially by someone they should be able to trust, it is our duty to seek justice for them,” Ogg said. “Thanks to a law passed by legislature, convicted child molesters who abuse young children must spend at least 25 years in prison, day for day.”

    Stuart Fraser White, a 66-year-old man who was working as a chiropractor but was not licensed in Texas, was sentenced on Tuesday by a judge after a Harris County jury found White guilty of super aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of six during a 14-day jury trial that ended in December.

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  • Houston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Tying Up, Stabbing and Beating a Woman to Death

    Posted by · January 23, 2024 3:24 PM

  • Houston Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Tying Up, Stabbing and Beating a Woman to Death

    A Houston man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted by a jury of capital murder for brutally killing a woman, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “This was not just a vicious and cruel murder, it was a premeditated and planned-out capital murder,” Ogg said. “The victim was tied up, with a garbage bag over her head, and then beaten with a hammer, stomped on and stabbed until she was dead.”

    David Spates, 61, was convicted Monday of capital murder for the death of 28-year-old Kayla Lary on June 24, 2020.

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  • Husband Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Killing Wife in Spring

    Posted by · January 19, 2024 9:00 AM

  • Husband Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Killing Wife in Spring

    A 39-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison after being convicted of murder for fatally shooting his wife at their Spring apartment in 2021, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Unfortunately, when we have domestic violence and gun violence, it is often a deadly combination,” Ogg said. “This is why we take all allegations of abuse or domestic violence so seriously.”

    Christopher Edward Anderson was convicted of murder for shooting 44-year-old Tonya Davis Anderson, a mother of three, on July 20, 2021.

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  • Houston Woman Sentenced to 22 Years for Murder

    Posted by · January 06, 2024 8:00 AM

  • Houston Woman Sentenced to 22 Years for Murder

    A 50-year-old Houston woman pleaded guilty Friday to murder and was sentenced to 22 years in prison for fatally stabbing her boyfriend at a Galleria-area hotel in 2018, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Domestic violence can take many different forms, and this was a violent murder,” Ogg said. “We mourn for the victim and his family  ̶  this murder did not have to happen.”

    Shataraca Denise Pervis pleaded guilty to murder for killing 34-year-old Melvin Maxwell at a hotel in the 6200 block of Richmond on January 4, 2018.

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  • Man Who Killed Three People in 2018 Crime Spree Sentenced to Five Life Sentences

    Posted by · December 19, 2023 12:02 PM

  • Man Who Killed Three People in 2018 Crime Spree Sentenced to Five Life Sentences

    A Houston man who killed three people and robbed two others during a week-long crime spree in north Houston in 2018 was sentenced Tuesday to five life sentences and $20,000 in fines, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “This was a series of horrible and violent crimes, and we were preparing to seek the death penalty,” Ogg said. “This plea agreement ensures that Jose Rodriguez will never again breathe free air and can never appeal these convictions or prison sentences.”

    Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 51, pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder and two counts of aggravated robbery for a crime spree that claimed three lives in July 2018. Rodriguez was a convicted sex offender who was free on parole at the time and cut off his ankle monitor to escape detection.

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