Garrett Nee guilty of charges from deadly 2016 Father's Day crash
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A 30-year-old man was found guilty of two counts of evading arrest causing death and four counts of evading arrest causing serious bodily injury for his role in a deadly crash in Montgomery County in 2016.
Patton Village Police Sgt. Stacey Baumgartner and 11-year-old Adan Hilario Jr. were killed in the crash.
The jury deliberated for 90 minutes Friday afternoon. The trial began Monday.
Garrett Nee's vehicle was determined to be a deadly weapon in the crash, which makes him ineligible for parole until 50 percent of his time is served.
The punishment phase starts Jan. 29 and is expected to last three days.
According to witnesses, Nee showed no emotion as the verdict was read.
On Father's Day in 2016, Baumgartner attempted to pull over Nee, but Nee, 29 years old at the time, fled in his vehicle, according to authorities.
The crash report said Nee and Baumgartner were westbound on SH 242 when Nee ran a red light at the intersection of FM 1485. Baumgartner followed, and also disregarding the red light.
A Suburban was northbound on FM 1485 approaching SH 242 with a green light, according to the report. The SUV's front driver's side struck the left passenger side of Baumgartner's police unit. The police vehicle slid into a traffic pole. The SUV flipped and came to rest on its roof.
Adan Hilario Jr., 11, was ejected from the Suburban.
Nee was driving a dark gray Scion during the pursuit. He turned around and returned to the scene after seeing the crash in his rear-view mirror, according to authorities.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, six other people in the Suburban were also injured and taken to Conroe Regional and Memorial Hermann hospitals.
Nee was arrested and placed in a second patrol car, where he fought authorities and tried to kick out the vehicle's back window, authorities said.
Baumgartner left behind a 4-year-old daughter, a 20-year-old son and his wife.
Nee is a Marine and father of two.
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