Harris County DA’s Office disputes numbers showing low conviction rates
The Texas Center for Justice and Equity, a group dedicated to ending “mass incarceration,” has crunched the numbers for dismissals and not guilty verdicts. The results, in many crime categories, show shockingly low conviction rates for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 2022.
Galena Park man sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder after DNA found in car pushed into bayou
A 21-year-old Galena Park man was sentenced on Tuesday for murder after placing a body in a car that was pushed into Hunting Bayou, according to a press release from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
Mother who drowned her 2 children, hid bodies under neighbor’s house in 2016 sentenced to 40 years, DA says
A Houston mother who drowned her two children, ages 5 and 7, and then hid their bodies under a neighbor’s house in 2016 pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on Monday in exchange for 40 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
Man sentenced to 35 years in prison for 2017 shooting death of teen classmate over $250, Harris County DA says
A man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing his then-classmate for $250 during a gun transfer in northeast Houston, according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Thursday.
Houston mom who said 4-year-old was ‘now in heaven’ after fatally stabbing own daughter sentenced to 40 years in prison, DA says
A Houston woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder last week in the stabbing death of her 4-year-old daughter, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday.
‘Severe overreaction to nothing’: Member of Gangster Disciples sentenced to 25 years for man’s murder that stemmed from argument over $40, DA says
A documented member of the Gangster Disciples, an infamous street gang that also operates in prison, was sentenced by a judge this week to 25 years for murder, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
‘Brutal and senseless murder’: 2 sentenced after body slamming, stabbing, shooting teen friend following argument in 2021, DA says
Two men were sentenced this week to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a friend they got in a fight with in 2021, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
Armed robber shot in the face during deadly 2017 home invasion sentenced to 30 years in prison; second suspect still sought: DA
A man who was shot in the face during a home invasion that left the homeowner dead has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday.
Virginia man in Navy receives life sentence in killing of Houston girlfriend who was pregnant with twins, DA says
A Virginia man who was convicted of killing his Houston girlfriend after finding out she was pregnant with twins was sentenced to life in prison without parole, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.
Man accused in catalytic converter thefts gets 45 years after shooting 8-year-old in Third Ward, DA says
A Houston man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for allegedly shooting an 8-year-old in the knee during an argument in Houston’s Third Ward in 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
Man convicted in drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes sentenced to 30 years in prison, DA says
The second of two men responsible for the 2018 drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.
‘He was hurting random people’: Rapist who confessed to 2 murders sentenced to 65 years in prison, Harris County DA says
A Houston man who confessed to two murders after being arrested for rape has pleaded guilty to all three crimes in exchange for a sentence of 65 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.
‘Scheming rapist’ sentenced to 37 years for luring woman to Houston motel, sexually assaulting, then robbing her of $500, DA says
A 38-year-old Houston man who raped a woman after using the internet to lure her to a motel has been sentenced to 37 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday.
‘Steel-caged death match’: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says she expects to be indicted in ongoing investigation
In a Wednesday morning tweet posted by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the 31-year-old made it clear that she expects to face criminal charges in an ongoing investigation involving the Texas Rangers and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Docs: Man fatally shoots mother of his newborn with semi-automatic pistol after fight over Mother’s Day dinner, victim suffered repeated abuse
“This death is another tragic reminder of how volatile domestic violence can be,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Unfortunately, sometimes the person closest to us poses the greatest risk to our well-being. The facts of this matter are terribly troubling and heartbreaking.”
‘She had to watch it:’ Assistant DA talks about 11-year-old who witnessed family’s execution; no bond for suspect
The woman accused of orchestrating the triple murder of a southwest Houston family appeared before a judge Monday morning. A representative from the Harris County District Attorney's Office talks about an 11-year-old girl who survived the shooting, detailing what she endured and the justice that is being sought.
Harris County DA dismisses nearly 800 cases against peaceful protesters arrested during police brutality marches
HOUSTON – The Harris County District Attorney dismissed nearly 800 cases against protesters who were arrested during marches against police brutality in the past three weeks. DA Kim Ogg announced that prosecutors dismissed 796 cases after conducting a review that divided the cases into two groups — those who sought to do harm to others and property and those arrested for simple civil disobedience. The cases dismissed were for non-violent misdemeanor offenses, mostly obstructing a highway and trespassing. Only 51 adults and one juvenile now remain charged with active cases, which include 35 misdemeanor charges and 19 felony charges. “The only people I will be prosecuting are those who intentionally hurt others and intentionally destroy property.”
Former Cy-Fair ISD police officer sentenced to 10 years in rape of 12-year-old Deer Park girl
HOUSTON – A former Cypress-Fairbanks ISD police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl from Deer Park last year. “He promised to protect and serve one of our most vulnerable populations and instead, he exploited and violated a young girl. It also means the young girl will not be victimized again by having to take the witness stand to testify against her attacker. Authorities say after Bastida met the girl on the “Meet Me” app, he sent an Uber to pick her up in Deer Park and take her to Cypress on October 1, 2018. Authorities say surveillance video at the motel also showed Batista and the girl walking to the room.