Judge John Stevens

With a bullet hole in his stomach and his friend laying motionless, 33-year-old Jose De Jesus Sanchez told jurors that he called his wife before crawling to the mortally wounded Jose Morales to see if he was still alive. 

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When the parents of Andrew Sawyer Weller woke up on the morning of April 25, 1986, they couldn’t have known their lives would be ended with a shotgun as they sat eating breakfast.

“Well, they didn’t have salsa,” Weller’s attorney James Makin quipped.

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In a recent review on the handling of indigent defendants, many of the current administrators of justice in Jefferson County are being heralded for a job well done in making great strides toward fixing a flawed system.

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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. 

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Bobby Shaun Frederick

A Groves man has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for multiple molestations of two underage girls.

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Rebecca Johnson McWhorter

 

A Kountze woman has pleaded guilty to stealing over $80,000 from a Beaumont restaurant where she worked as a server.

Rebecca Johnson McWhorter, 44, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Aug. 29 for felony theft.

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Joseph Dudley

A Beaumont man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday, July 15, for shooting at a Beaumont police officer after a brief chase in November 2011.

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Ronald Guilbeaux, 53 (born Feb. 11, 1959), last known addresses 902 Fulton in Beaumont and 450 Ozen St., St. Landry, La., was sentenced Friday Aug. 31, to a term of 50 years in the penitentiary in connection with his July 11, 2012, conviction by a jury of aggravated sexual assault of a child in the 2011 rape of a 5-year-old child at his Beaumont residence.

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