Jefferson County gets new prosecutor

From left to right, Cory Crenshaw, Cory Kneeland and Judge John Stevens

Jefferson County's newest prosecutor was sworn in inside Jefferson County's Criminal District Court Monday, April 14. 

Cory Kneeland, a 10-year prosecutor and 2003 Texas Tech University law grad, began his career as a criminal attorney in Hale County, according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. 

Soon after, Kneeland was in Hardin County where he presented cases to a grand jury. 

In 2005, the press release said Kneeland moved to the Orange County District Attorney's office where he served as a felony prosecutor under John Kimbrough. 

Now that he's here in Jefferson County, the press release said his new assignment will be in the county's felony intake division and will also try felony cases assigned by the recently appointed District Attorney, Cory Crenshaw. 

"Mr. Kneeland is a well-respected and dedicated prosecutor," Crenshaw said in a statement. "We are grateful that he has decided to leave Orange County and join our team of public servants. I am proud of his accomplishments and know that Orange County's loss is definitely our gain."