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Joe Frederick Hawkins

A Beaumont man pleaded guilty Monday to the first-degree felony offense of murder and the first degree felony offense of aggravated assault in the 252nd District Court, Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham ann

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Johnathan Livingston Greer

Johnathan Livingston Greer was the subject of a motion to revoke his felony probation in Criminal District Court last week, and it was an unusual proceeding in more ways than one.

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Jaylon Trahan (inset) assaulted two educators at Port Arthur Memorial in 2012.

Fridays in the Criminal District Court in Jefferson County is a busy time, even for a courtroom that is always buzzing. The trial docket is crowded with the cases of criminal defendants back for their second or third bite of the judicial apple after they have violated the terms of the probation they had been granted in lieu of prison following their guilty pleas to various felony crimes.

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Lawrence Marks

When the Texas Legislature took the involuntary manslaughter law off the books, it meant that if you killed someone, it was charged as murder. Under the old statute, the classic situation of a guy coming home to find his wife in bed with another man and killing him was seen as not quite murder.

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Adrian David Blanchard

Adrian David Blanchard is an itinerant street preacher who says, “I won souls for Christ in the streets, churches, gangs, jails, homeless missions, malls, dope houses, bars …” 

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Janelle Crutchfield

The Criminal District Court in Jefferson County is a busy place. Judge John Stevens has presided over more than 360 trials since he was elected to the bench in 2006 and has heard every bizarre manifestation of human behavior conceivable in that time. And hundreds of cases don’t even end up in a trial because defendants enter guilty pleas trying to avoid a maximum sentence.

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Kristin Paris and Rockline Kennedy (inset)

Rockline George Kennedy, 65, pleaded guilty this week to intoxication manslaughter in the death of Kristin Paris, 18, on Jan. 26, 2015. He was intoxicated when he drove his pickup the wrong way down Interstate 10 near Ford Park.

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Christine Johnson, mother of Baby Faith, was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

A jury handed down a 65-year sentence to Christine Johnson, mother of Baby Faith, in a case that rocked the courthouse with what experts called one of the worst cases of child abuse they had ever seen where the young victim lived.

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Christine Johnson and Baby Faith Mason, before and after injuries

Christine Johnson, found guilty of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and injury to a child by omission, has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. She will be given credit for the two years she was jailed before her trial and will be eligible for parole in 28 years.

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Justin Tyrone Young, 35, remains in Jefferson County Jail on a $500,000 bond facing a murder charge in the Jan. 9, 2014 death of Alexis Neal, a 22-year-old woman who died in a fatal collision at the intersection of Long and 11th streets.

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