A Houston man who jumped bail before his trial in 2021 and was rearrested pleaded guilty to murder this week and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“This is a repeat offender who did everything possible to escape responsibility and accountability for his crimes,” Ogg said. “We have finally been able to deliver justice for the victim’s family.”
Kevin Wayne Calhoun, 32, was facing life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder in the home-invasion death of 25-year-old Chad Reese on Aug. 5, 2016.
Calhoun broke into Reese’s apartment near Greenspoint and stole a gun and some cash. Reese was shot in the head and died at the apartment. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.
Assistant District Attorney William Cowardin, who prosecuted the case, said the plea agreement means Calhoun will not be able to appeal the conviction or the prison sentence. Calhoun will have to serve at least half the sentence before he is eligible for a parole.
“The public is better off with this defendant off the street,” Cowardin said. “This was a calculated plan to rob someone in their home, and we’re all safer with him in prison.”
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