The headline: "Man Pleads Guilty to Biting Officer After Twins Tussle With Police." This is almost a Keystone Kops story, except people could have been seriously injured.
The Kerrville Daily Times reported on Dec. 3 about two brothers from Ector County, Sean and Shane Muirhead, who, after accosting a woman at the local IHOP, fought with police and tried to bite one of them. The brothers accused the woman of following them and tapping their phones for the FBI. Obviously they were high on some drug. They followed her to her car, screaming at her, then beating on the car trying to get in.
The cops were not in control of the situation, since the first one on scene, Zachary Martin, put them in the back of his patrol car unhandcuffed. When they started trashing the car, the cops tried to pull them out and cuff them. The cops pepper sprayed them (and one of themselves), and the cops ended up rolling around on the ground with one of them, who was trying to bite them. One was injured by the handcuffs flailing around. The other ran across the street and was only prevented from entering Hal Peterson Middle School by a civilian, Ronnie Bock, who made a citizen's arrest. Ronnie is a licensed CHL carrier, and he ran across the road through traffic and pulled his pistol and ordered the thug to the ground. The thug was frothing at the mouth "like a St. Bernard," but he complied.
Attacking and injuring a cop, trying to bite him, and striking him with handcuffs - sounds like aggravated assault to me, which carries a penalty range of 2-20 years. Let's see what the brothers were charged with. Shane Muirhead was indicted for assault on a public servant, a third degree felony, punishment range 2-10 years. Get this - he was allowed to plead guilty and got probation! If the paper is accurate, it's ever better - deferred adjudication, meaning that if he completes his probation the case is dismissed so he will have no conviction on his record.
His brother Sean got an even better deal - he was charged with misdemeanor offenses of resisting arrest, and get this - got time served of 65 days.
What I don't understand is - why didn't the cops push to have these thugs indicted for serious felonies? Why didn't one of the local district attorneys take this to the grand jury? Why did the judges approve these handslap pleas? This whole thing makes absolutely no sense.
Kerrville is a town where a first time, non-violent drug offender can get sent to the pen for years. Meanwhile, we have the case of one Nicole Lee England, who was arrested for the 23rd time in Kerrville this week. Her record includes criminal trespassing, theft by check, shoplifting, resisting arrest. Here's the best one - cruelty to animals for stabbing and strangling a dog. What in the hell is this woman doing loose? Why doesn't one of our three prosecutors charge her as an habitual criminal and send her away for about 25 years?
Getting back to the Muirhead brothers, the only actor in the whole drama who showed any common sense was Ronnie Bock, a civilian, and a real hero. And if you think the cops are going to show up and save you, good luck with that.