Escaped kitty killer sentenced to 25 years
By the Office of Fannin County Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser
Mar 2, 2012, North Texas E-News
Bonham, Texas (March 1, 2012) – Jimmy Lee Brock, the man who escaped from the Fannin County Jail on February 21, 2012 pleaded guilty today in the 336th District Court of Fannin County, Texas, to the offenses of Evading Arrest/Detention, Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals: Torture, Escape While Arrested/Confined Felony, Burglary of a Building, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Mr. Brock’s troubles began on November 11, 2011, when after an alcohol fueled argument with his girlfriend he picked up her kitten and broke its neck. When his girlfriend called law enforcement and reported the crime, Brock hid in a crawl space in his attic. Savoy Police Officers and Fannin County Deputies had to employ pepper spray to arrest Brock.
Brock was booked in to the Fannin County Jail for the misdemeanor offenses of Evading Arrest/Detention and Cruelty to Animals. Normally the offense of Cruelty to Animals is a misdemeanor unless the state can establish the animal in question was tortured or killed in a cruel manner. District Attorney Richard Glaser stated, “We enhanced the Cruelty to Animals case to a State Jail Felony because our office felt that breaking a kitten’s neck with your hands was cruel.”
A “State Jail Felony” is normally punishable by confinement in the state jail division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for a period of time not less than 180 days and not greater than 2 years but due to Brock’s extensive criminal history the state was able to seek an enhanced punishment of 2 to 20 years incarceration in TDCJ.
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