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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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  • Woman Who Embezzled $1 Million from Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

    Posted by · December 19, 2023 6:17 AM

  • Woman Who Embezzled $1 Million from Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

    A financial administrator who embezzled more than $1 million from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “Prosecuting white-collar crime like this is an important priority because stealing from small businesses and nonprofits doesn’t just hurt the organization, it hurts the people those organizations are trying to help,” Ogg said. “The evidence our Public Corruption Division uncovered was so overwhelming that this defendant really had no choice but to take responsibility.”

    Jamie Huffar, 47, pleaded guilty Friday to two first-degree felonies, including theft and forgery, for stealing over $1 million from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce between November 2017 and November 2022.

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  • Free Gun Safes and Locks to be Distributed in Houston to Promote Responsible Firearm Ownership

    Posted by · December 16, 2023 10:34 AM

  • Free Gun Safes and Locks to be Distributed in Houston to Promote Responsible Firearm Ownership

    The Harris County District Attorney's Office, in collaboration with the Houston Police Department, is set to distribute free gun safes and locks on Dec. 16. The event, taking place at Crime Stoppers Houston, aims to promote responsible gun ownership and raise awareness about firearm safety.

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  • Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to Host Holiday Gun Safe Giveaway: Raises Awareness About Responsible Gun Ownership

    Posted by · December 15, 2023 10:44 AM

  •  Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to Host Holiday Gun Safe Giveaway: Raises Awareness About Responsible Gun Ownership

    The Harris County District Attorney’s Office, along with the Houston Police Department, will be distributing free gun safes and locks on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Crime Stoppers Houston, 3001 Main St., Houston 77002, as part of an initiative to raise awareness on responsible gun ownership. The event will include presentations on the importance of safe firearm storage and a tutorial on how to use the gun safes and locks. Presentations will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    “With the holiday season in full swing, kids are home from school or visiting friends and family, and that means ensuring firearm safety is paramount,” Ogg said. “Amidst the festive season and celebratory visits, securing our firearms is crucial. We must ensure that our weapons are safely stored not just in our homes but anywhere our children may be, including cars.”

    Ogg noted that locking up our firearms is a simple yet powerful step in keeping our community safe, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office will do everything possible to raise awareness and end gun violence.

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  • Police and Prosecutors Join Hands To Promote Crosswalk Safety: District Attorney Initiates Crackdown on Reckless Drivers

    Posted by · December 15, 2023 10:19 AM

  • Police and Prosecutors Join Hands To Promote Crosswalk Safety: District Attorney Initiates Crackdown on Reckless Drivers

    Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg joined with Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Houston Police Chief Troy Finner today to announce a joint effort to combat a traditional holiday uptick in injuries and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

    Houston has developed a reputation for being a dangerous place for pedestrians and bicyclists, a reputation that Ogg and her colleagues in law enforcement want to end. Since October alone, there have been more than 30 fatal crashes involving motor vehicles and pedestrians or cyclists.

    New state laws allow motorists who kill or injure pedestrians or cyclists in a crosswalk to be charged with a state jail felony.

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  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office and FBI Work Together to Extradite Man Charged in 1995 Houston Murder from Mexico

    Posted by · December 14, 2023 12:47 PM

  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office and FBI Work Together to  Extradite Man Charged in 1995 Houston Murder from Mexico

    A fugitive charged with murder in a 1995 shooting in Houston has been extradited from Mexico, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “The Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI worked hand-in-hand to find, detain and extradite this accused killer,” Ogg said. “And now we can continue our work in the courts to get justice for the victim and her family.”

    Jose Luis Rios, 47, was one of two men who fled the country after they opened fire on a group of people in a Channelview park in a shooting that wounded one woman and killed another.

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  • Habitual Offender Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

    Posted by · December 13, 2023 7:39 AM

  • Habitual Offender Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

    A habitual offender from Houston was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted of forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution in 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

    “The youth in our community are vulnerable and when someone exploits them, like in this case, we have prosecutors who are dedicated to bringing these offenders to justice,” Ogg said. “We work closely with law enforcement and the families of victims to ensure that we collect all of the evidence we need, especially data and digital communications, so we can ensure that justice is done.”

    Raven Ryon Lovings Jr., 33, was arrested in Humble in October 2019 by special agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety after they located the girl, who had been missing for a month.

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