The Election Integrity Unit made one noteworthy arrest last week.
In Nolan County, Kenneth Ray Teaff was arrested on Aug. 26 after being indicted by a grand jury for one count of Fraudulent Use of Application for Ballot by Mail and one count of Tampering with a Government Record. This case involves allegations that Teaff applied for a ballot by mail in the name of his deceased brother during the November 2020 Nolan County General Election.
The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made two noteworthy arrests last week.
In Dallas County, Arlis Jamel Waits was arrested by the Rowlett Police Department on Aug. 25, in Rowlett, on an outstanding warrant for Indecency with a Child.
In Tarrant County, Gerald Ray Burnett was arrested on Aug. 24 in Fort Worth. In 2013, Burnett was convicted in Tarrant County of Aggravated Sexual Assault and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Burnett failed to comply with the applicable sex offender registration requirements and the Fort Worth Police Department issued the corresponding Fail to Register Sex Offender warrant.
The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.
In Travis County, Jose Antonio Garcia-Barriga was arrested in Austin on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child issued by the Austin Police Department. This arrest was made on Aug. 6 while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.
In Travis County, Cesar Ambrosio Sanchez was arrested in Austin on an outstanding warrant for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child issued by the Austin Police Department. This arrest was made on Aug. 3 while working in conjunction with the United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of Austin.
In Galveston County, Ismael Ruiz Jr. was arrested in Galveston on outstanding warrants for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, Sexual Assault and Injury to a Child/Elderly/Disabled issued by the Galveston Police Department. This arrest was made on Aug. 3 while working in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force.
Parents sent to prison in 2015 Fayetteville slaying, sex assault of 3-year-old daughter
Cumberland County, NC – A Fayetteville mother and father were sent to prison Monday for the 2015 sexual abuse and death of their malnourished 3-year-old daughter.
After a week of testimony and just over four hours of deliberation, a Cumberland County jury found Jamarkus Smith, 31, guilty of first-degree murder, taking indecent liberties with a child, intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury, felonious child abuse and two counts of sex offense with a child by an adult in the death of his daughter, Jourdin A’Legacy Smith.
Jourdin’s mother and Smith’s wife, Octavia Bennett-Smith, 32, a former Fort Bragg Army sergeant, pleaded guilty in December 2019.
Testimony in Smith’s trial began July 19, with closing arguments on Friday.
Following the jury verdict, Smith professed his innocence when he addressed the court before sentencing.
“I showed them I was innocent,” he said. “They know I’m innocent, and you know I’m innocent. Everybody here knows. How is that right? At what point is the legal system about justice?”
No statements were made on behalf of Jourdin before Judge Claire Hill sentenced Smith to life imprisonment for the murder and a combined 25 to 35 years for the other charges. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.
Smith’s attorney, Kris Poppe, said his client plans to appeal the verdict.
As Smith was escorted from the courtroom Monday, he turned to two women in the gallery who appeared to be there on his behalf and said, “I didn’t do it.”
“I know you didn’t baby,” one of the women said. “He didn’t do that. I don’t care what nobody says. He didn’t do it.”
According to the child’s autopsy report, the cause of death was pneumonia in the setting of malnutrition, neglect and sexual abuse. She weighed just 28 pounds at the time of her death, and her body and genitals were riddled with lacerations and contusions, the report said.
Bennett-Smith’s sentencing came some 30 minutes after her husband’s.
Her defense attorney, Antonio Gerald, called Jourdin’s death a tragedy.
Gerald said that Bennett-Smith accepted responsibility for her role in Jourdin’s death and “agreed to testify and assist in any way to help bring justice for Jourdin.”
Bennett-Smith did not speak during the hearing but cried as she was sentenced to a minimum term 10 years, five months, and a maximum of 13 years, six months for the second-degree murder charge.
The judge declined Gerald’s request for a consolidated sentence and instead stacked the sentence for the other charges.
For the child abuse and sexual assault charges, she received a consecutive minimum sentence of four years, four months, and a maximum of more than 10 years in prison. She will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years after release.
The judge also recommended a psychological evaluation for Bennett-Smith.
Gerald said that the court heard during her testimony at Smith’s trial that she was also a victim of assault as a child.
“These are not excuses for her actions of what she has pled guilty to, but only to shed some light as to what may have led her to be in this courtroom today,” he said.
Oklahoma man found guilty of disturbing case of Child Abuse
NORMAN, OK – An Oklahoma man has been convicted of several counts of child abuse and sexual assault after he reportedly fled to Hong Kong to avoid the charges.
WARNING – This is more than “disturbing”, this is just more proof of the growing evil, sadistic abuse being inflicted on Our Children day after day. BUT, this is nothing new apparently, since the Justice Department sent a very detailed REPORT TO CONGRESS, August 2010… Just another Brick In The Wall for this Legacy Of Failure. Robert StrongBow
In 2019, Jose Perez Manarang, Jr. was arrested after shocking allegations of child abuse surfaced.
According to court documents, “Manarang would put a plastic trash bag and tie it off around [the child’s] neck until [they] ‘about died.’”
Documents state he would also “spank [the child’s] face until it was swollen” and “kick [the child] in the chest with boots on.”
Once the allegations were reported to police, investigators say Manarang fled to Hong Kong.
He was ultimately brought back to Oklahoma and was charged with two counts of rape, child sexual abuse, lewd molestation or indecent proposal, three counts of child abuse, soliciting a minor for indecent exposure, and two counts of procuring pornography.
During the non-jury trial, Manarang’s defense team rested after calling no witnesses.
Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman found Manarang guilty on all counts.
He was sentenced to six life sentences, plus 80 years.
Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrests 13 in Violent Parole Violator Round Up
AUSTIN, TX – The Fugitive Apprehension Unit conducted an operation focused on apprehending and arresting Parole Violators with violent felony convictions and gang affiliations from May 3 to May 7 in Nueces County.
During this operation, 13 suspects were arrested. These suspects were on parole for offenses such as Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Robbery, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Assault Family Violence and various other felonies.
“My message to these vicious perpetrators is we are coming for you.Violent criminals and gang members have no place in the great state of Texas,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “I am extremely proud of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit’s oversight and commitment to tracking down these suspects and putting them back where they belong – jail.”
The Nueces County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division and the Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit assisted with some of the arrests. The Austin Fugitive Unit is currently following leads on other suspects who have absconded from Nueces County to other areas of the State.
The following suspects were arrested during the operation:
Jacob Cory Robertson, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Assault Family Violence conviction on 5-3-21
John Arnold Castillo, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault conviction on 5-3-21
Joann Noyola, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon conviction on 5-3-21
Kimberly Kay Balboa, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault, Intoxication Assault, Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle and Assault of a Public Servant convictions on 5-3-21
Robert Tumlinson, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon conviction on 5-4-21
Rene Thomas Uresti, Corpus Christi, Parole Violator for Assault Family Violence conviction on 5-4-21
John George Kraft, Corpus Christi, Parole Violator for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon conviction on 5-4-21
Broderick Alvin Smith, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Assault Family Violence, Tamper with Evidence convictions on 5-4-21
Armando Junior Mendez, Beeville, Parole Violation for Injury to Child/Elderly/Disabled with Intent Bodily Injury conviction on 5-5-21
Randy Morales, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Assault Bodily Injury Family/Household Member 2+ Within 12 Months conviction on 5-5-21
Sammy Lopez, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault Conviction on 5-5-21
James Michael Garza, Corpus Christi, Nueces County Warrants for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child – Victim Under 14 on 5-6-21
Joseph Leon Sharpe II, Corpus Christi, Parole Violation for Aggravated Assault conviction on 5-6-21