News & Updates
Intoxicated driver who killed mother and three children sentenced to four life sentences
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · December 14, 2022 7:08 PM
Houston man sentenced to 45 years for killing TSU student while on bond for robbing shoe store
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · December 11, 2022 6:32 PM
Member of Gangster Disciples sentenced to 25 years for murder over $40
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · December 08, 2022 6:28 PM
DA Kim Ogg issues statement on case against Shelton Jones for 1991 capital murder of HPD Sgt. Bruno Soboleski
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · December 07, 2022 6:27 PM
Pearland man sentenced to 82 years in prison for brutal beating, sexual assault of stranger at bar
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · December 06, 2022 5:01 PM
Two men sentenced to 25 years in 2021 murder
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · December 02, 2022 4:52 PM
Husband who beat wife to death sentenced to 55 years in prison
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · December 01, 2022 5:25 PM
Repeat DWI offender sentenced to 35 years for fatal drunken driving crash
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · November 19, 2022 5:34 PM
District Attorney Kim Ogg's statement on the investigation into 2022 midterm elections
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · November 16, 2022 5:28 PM
Statement on the verdict in the trial for Houston Police Sgt. Sean Rios
Posted by Harris County District Attorney Office · November 15, 2022 5:16 PM
An East Texas man who killed a mother and three children in a drunken driving crash in Houston was sentenced to four life sentences Monday, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“We see more deaths from drunk driving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other month a year,” Ogg said. “This heartbreaking case shows that a single person’s irresponsibility and bad decisions can result in the deaths of multiple people who are completely innocent, including kids.”
Daniel Canada, 37, was sentenced to four life sentences by state District Judge Colleen Gaido on Monday after he was convicted last week of four counts of intoxication manslaughter in a three-week trial. The life sentences will run concurrently.
A Houston man who robbed a shoe store and then, while on bond, fatally shot a Texas Southern University student during an armed robbery was sentenced to 45 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Sunday.
“It is obvious that gun crime is out of control when a suspect who is free on bond for armed robbery can shoot someone while committing another armed robbery,” Ogg said. “In this case, the defendant killed someone while trying to steal marijuana and a video game console, and now he will spend decades in prison.”
Shanden Powell, 24, pleaded guilty on Friday to murder in exchange for 45 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in exchange for 40 years in prison. Those sentences will run concurrently.
A documented member of the Gangster Disciples, an infamous street gang that also operates in prison, was sentenced by a judge this week to 25 years for murder, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“Gang members terrorize communities and work together to commit more crimes,” Ogg said. “When a gang member uses a gun to commit a horrific and random act of violence like this, it is imperative that we get justice for the victim, their family and the community.”
Terrance Thomas, 24, was sentenced by a judge to 25 years in prison Tuesday for the murder of Jaquan Thompson, 23, on June 10, 2020.
Former death row inmate Shelton Jones was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison in a plea deal that takes Jones off death row but will keep him in prison for the rest of his life, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“We always hope to carry out the verdict of the people—that is our job—but so much time has passed that it makes re-trying the case extremely difficult and risky,” Ogg said. “The Soboleski family made a terribly difficult decision in deciding that this plea bargain was the way to go, and our prosecutors drafted an agreement that is as airtight as a legal agreement can be—the defendant waived all of his legal rights and he will spend the rest of his life in prison.”
Jones was sentenced to death for killing Houston Police Sgt. Bruno Soboleski in April 1991, but a federal district court overturned his sentence in light of bad jury instructions. The case then wound its way through various courts of appeal before finally being sent back to Harris County for a retrial in 2019.
A Pearland man was sentenced to 82 years in prison for brutally beating and sexually assaulting a man at a northwest Harris County bar, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday.
“This was a savage and unprovoked attack on a stranger that continued to escalate until the authorities broke it up,” Ogg said. “Random violence can never be tolerated, and we agree with the jury that this man should be sent to prison for decades.”
Felix Vale, 38, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault Tuesday for his role in beating a fellow patron at a bar unconscious and then continuing to beat and assault him on Feb. 17, 2021.
Two men were sentenced this week to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a friend they got in a fight with in 2021, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“This was a brutal and senseless murder carried out by two young men who will now spend decades behind bars,” Ogg said. “There are consequences for every action and in this case, justice was served.”
Leroy Lopez and Christopher Paz, both 19, were sentenced this week after admitting to fatally shooting 17-year-old Abraham Mata on April 4, 2021.
A Houston man who killed his wife at her Chinatown beauty school and staged the scene to look like a robbery was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Thursday, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“Domestic violence can affect any community, and far too often we see it escalate to murder, like in this case,” Ogg said. “This defendant did everything possible to escape responsibility, but in the end, her family got justice. We thank the jurors for their service and for considering all the evidence in this brutal attack.”
Trang Vu, a 52-year-old who now goes by the name Itani Milleni, was charged with murder four years after the 2015 killing of his estranged wife, Tuyet Ngoc Tran.
A Houston man with five prior convictions for driving while intoxicated was sentenced this week to 35 years in prison for killing another driver in a drunken driving crash in 2018, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.
“A completely innocent father of four lost his life because this man could not stop drinking and driving,” Ogg said. “When repeat offenders continue to drive drunk time after time, it means no one is safe on our streets and highways.”
Owen McNett, 50, was convicted by a jury last month, and he chose to have his punishment determined by State District Judge Lori Chambers Gray. After hearing from McNett’s defense counsel, the judge put off the punishment hearing until this week. He was sentenced late Wednesday.
"Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy. When we get credible complaints of election irregularities, we are statutorily required to investigate. That’s why we’ve called for the assistance of the Texas Rangers. The results of their investigation will be turned over to a Harris County grand jury. We do this regardless of the party affiliation of the complainants. After the 2020 election, we charged three Democrats and two Republicans. It is my duty as the elected District Attorney to follow the evidence and follow the law, and I will."
– Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney
"We are deeply disappointed with the verdict in this case, and we saw the evidence differently than the jury, and though we cannot agree with the jury’s decision, we appreciate their time and service. Our hearts remain with Sean Rios’s widow and four children, who will now grow up without their father. Officer Rios spent his time here on Earth serving and protecting the people of Houston, and he gave his life in that noble effort. He will always be remembered for the hero that he was."
– David Mitcham, First Assistant of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office