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June 2015 Archives

College football recruit faces theft charges in Texas

A football player set to start his college playing career as a wide receiver at the University of North Texas was arrested on theft charges at a Texas Wal-Mart. The man was taken into custody after he and another man were arrested for stealing goods valued between $50 and $500. Under state law, this is a Class B misdemeanor.

Man pleads guilty to drug charge, sentenced to 25 years in prison

On June 9, news sources in Texas reported that a 38-year-old Bryan man was sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with the most recent felony charges against him. According to sources, the man had been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance following a raid on his home on July 11, 2014. The Bryan Police Department narcotic officers who executed the search warrant found about 200 grams of methamphetamine, an undisclosed amount of cocaine and two firearms in that raid.

Use of the insanity defense in criminal cases

High-profile murder trials with defendants who invokes insanity defenses may lead some Texas court watchers to believe that such a defense is a common occurrence in criminal cases. In actuality, a defense of not guilty by reason of insanity is asserted in only 1 percent of county court cases, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and when asserted, fails at a far greater rate than it succeeds.

Changes for juvenile offenders ahead in Texas

On May 26, the Texas House voted to raise the age at which teens would enter the adult legal system. The provision was part of a bill earlier passed by the Senate that proposes keeping juveniles convicted of minor offenses closer to home rather than in faraway facilities.

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