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Grand jury indicts McConnell inmates for possessing cellular phones
by Gary Kent
Feb 23, 2014 | 64 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Six inmates serving time at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s William G. McConnell Unit were indicted last week on charges of possession of prohibited items in a correctional facility.

In each case, the item was identified as a cellular phone. Texas prison inmates are not allowed to have a cellular phone while serving sentences in a state prison.

The punishment range for the offenses was enhanced to a third degree felony because the offenders had previous felony convictions.

If convicted, the offenders could have another 10 years added to their sentences.

Those indicted on the charge included:

•David Leon Reasoner, accused of having a cellular phone on May 24, 2011.

Reasoner had convictions for sexual assault of a child on May 22, 1981, and aggravated sexual assault on Dec. 11, 1985.

Both convictions were in Guadalupe County.

•Ricardo Hernandez Reyna, who allegedly had a cellular phone and a battery for it on April 8, 2011.

Reyna’s previous felony convictions were on three counts of aggravated sexual assault on April 29, 2002, and on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child on Sept. 18, 2002. All convictions were in Cameron County.

•Jerome Devon Wilson for having a cellular phone on Feb. 26, 2013.

Wilson was serving a sentence on a capital murder conviction handed down on April 24, 2004, in Harris County.

•Cornelius Joseph Sampey, accused of having a cellular phone on March 25, 2011.

Sampey had previous felony convictions on a charge of assault on a public servant on Nov. 10, 1997, charges of possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Dec. 30, 1991, a charge of attempted capital murder on Nov. 10, 1997, and a charge of possession of a prohibited substance on June 5, 2006.

All of those convictions were in Jefferson County.

Sampey also had a conviction on a charge of assault on a public servant on Aug. 22, 2005, in Anderson County.

•Jose Aranda, accused of having a cellular phone on June 14, 2011.

He had previous felony convictions on three counts of injury to a child on April 25, 2003, and on one count of sexual assault of a child and one count of deadly conduct on Oct. 19, 1998. All three convictions were in Nueces County.

•Rene Rodriguez, alleged to have had a cellular phone on July 1, 2011.

Rodriguez had previous felony convictions on charges of aggravated robbery on Nov. 18 1994, and on Oct. 11, 1991, both in Nueces County.

District Judge Joel Johnson set bonds on each of the cases at $10,000.
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