On Friday, November 8, an ex-convict from Texas was sentenced to 99 years in jail for shooting a man last Thanksgiving Day.
Thirty-year-old Artis Leon Polk Jr. reportedly procured a semiautomatic assault rifle from a Dallas gun dealer two days before shooting and killing 23-year-old Charles Knighten. Knighten was the ex-boyfriend of Polk’s girlfriend.
In addition to the sentence of 99 years, the jury gave Polk 20 years for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. According to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, presiding Judge Ruben Gonzalez ordered that Polk serve the two sentences concurrently.
Polk had former convictions for criminal charges of drug possession, vehicle theft, burglary, and aggravated robbery.
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Thirty-seven-year-old William Clary was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in federal prison on Thursday, October 31 by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle in relation to a bank robbery committed on Aug. 1, 2011.
According to court documentsClary walked into the Chase Bank branch on Lemmon Avenue near the Dallas North Tollway and gave the teller a note that said “I want 3600 dollars now! Have gun. If you scream or signal I will kill you.”
Clary was apprehended a short while after he robbed the bank and has been in federal custody ever since, initially pleading not guilty to bank robbery charges in September 2011, then admitting guilt on July 3, 2013.
Assistant Public Defender John Nicholson said Clary was incapable of knowing what he was doing at the time of the incident as he was mentally incapacitated and had drug problems, noting that Clary “suffered from schizophrenic delusions so intense that they largely rendered him unable to relate to the real world.”
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“The Office” actor Craig Robinson was detained in the Bahamas for drug possession and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine on October 9, according to authorities.
The 41-year old actor was headed back to the United States after doing a comedy show when he was stopped by authorities as he tried to board a plane in Nassau. Custom agents found 18 ecstasy pills and a half gram of marijuana in his possession.
Robinson was taken into custody and pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession. He told the court that he did not know that the drugs were illegal in the Bahamas when he brought them from the United States.
He was ordered by Magistrate Andrew Forbes to pay a $1,000 fine and to leave the country.
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Dina Lohan, 50, pleaded not guilty to her drinking while intoxicated (DWI) charges during her arraignment on Tuesday, September 24.
She was arrested on September 12 for allegedly speeding on Northern State Parkway. She was then found to have a .20 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) result from a breath test conducted. Lohan’s driver’s license was suspended, and she was released without bail.
Her attorney told reporters that, “I am confident that the district attorney’s office and the judicial system will temper justice with mercy.” He said that his client has only been a victim of a “challenging trilogy.”
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A man was arrested in New Braunfels on multiple charges, including Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and Tampering with Evidence, early on September 17.
Police officers stopped James Allen Davis, 50, of Pittsburgh, who was inside a vehicle with 3 teenagers and a woman in a Motel 6 parking lot. He was holding a lidded Styrofoam cup and appeared to be uneasy. He was asked to step out of the vehicle and produce identification. When he couldn’t, he tried to get rid of the cup by handing it to one of the teenagers.
The officers then asked him to remove the lid and discovered a glass pipe inside. Methamphetamine was also found inside a flashlight by the K-9 unit called to the scene.
Davis was taken under custody in Comal County Jail and formally charged. No bond has been set.
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Texas prosecutors have dismissed the 2011 DUI charge against Alice Walton, billionaire heiress to the Walmart empire, on Monday, September 9. According to information Parker County Prosecutor John Forest gave to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the dismissal of the case was based on the arresting Texas Highway Patrol officer’s suspension for misconduct and his inability to testify on a pre-arranged date for the trial.
Police records show that Walton was on her way home after having dinner with friends in honor of her 62nd birthday at a Fort Worth restaurant when she was pulled over by a Department of Public Safety trooper in violation of a speed limit imposed on a construction zone in Interstate 20 Parker County Texas.
During a field sobriety test, it was determined that she was intoxicated with alcohol; however, she refused a breathalyzer test, as recounted by Senior trooper Gary Rozzell to the Weatherford Democrat.
Walton was released shortly on a $1,000 bail from the Parker County Jail.
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A 53-year-old man from Montgomery County, Texas was sentenced to 30 years in jail after entering a guilty plea for his ninth DWI offense during a jury trial at Conroe’s 221st State District Court on Monday, August 19.
Court records show that Kevin Michael Koch was arrested for the ninth time for DWI on Walden Road near Lake Conroe on September 30, 2011. Assistant District Attorney Vince Santini said Koch’s notorious string of DWI violations, which began in 1980 led to Koch’s most serious conviction to date and prevented his request for probation to be granted.
Santini said that it took the prosecution a lot of time to gather all the DWI records of Koch, which was credited to the hard work of Montgomery County police investigator Heather Cash.
Koch is still being held at the Montgomery County jail, from which he will be transferred to a prison to serve at least 7 years before becoming eligible for probation.
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A 22-year-old Lewisville man was taken into custody by the Dallas police at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center after being charged with aggravated robbery on July 18. Neko Boykin along with an accomplice was arrested by Dallas police following reports of a vehicle burglary.
After interrogation, police determined that Boykin was also responsible for three earlier robberies made at Carrollton Race Trac Belt Line Road and two gas stations in Stemmons Freeway. Police have also linked Boykin to a $50 theft that occurred in 2010.
Bail was set at $151,500 for the robbery charges.
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In a majority vote, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of DNA testing among suspect’s under arrest and those taken into police custody. According to the court, this new police booking procedure is comparable to an advanced method of fingerprinting or picture taking. The court also stated that the act of taking DNA samples by swabbing a suspect’s cheeks does not violate an unlawful search, which is prohibited by the Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.
The 5-4 majority ruling was decided upon on Monday, June 3 by Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, who said that this DNA sampling was one of the most significant criminal procedure cases the Supreme Court has seen in years, and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Although DNA test results takes more than two weeks, many lawyers saw the possibility of instant DNA testing in the near future to take place.
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Another incident of sexual assault was reported to have been committed by a member of the U.S. military.
According to a Defense Department official, the army sergeant first class, whose name and gender wasn’t disclosed for security reasons, has been suspended from all military duties and is now under investigation for alleged sexual assault charges.
Charges are yet to be filed against the sergeant who was assigned to work at a sexual assault prevention program in Fort Hood, Texas. Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command took over the ongoing investigation on Wednesday May 15.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was deeply upset about the incident, ordered a complete overhaul of the army’s sexual assault prevention program, including all personnel involved.
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