Judge John Stevens

Jose Esquivel

Jose Esquivel, 24, of Port Arthur, was able to elude police after his initial capture in July 2015, escaping from a handcuff while already inside a patrol car, but justice finally caught up with him in Judge John Stevens' Criminal District Court on Monday, Feb.

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Jose Esquivel

Jose Esquivel, 24, of Port Arthur, was able to elude police after his initial capture in July 2015, escaping from a handcuff while already inside a patrol car, but justice finally caught up with him in Judge John Stevens' Criminal District Court on Monday, Feb.

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Darrell Mason

Darrell Mason, 19, of Port Arthur, the father of abused infant Faith Mason, pleaded guilty to injury to a child Friday, Jan. 15, in relation to the injuries his daughter suffered in August 2013 in the weeks after her birth.

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David Carl Smith and attorney

A man originally charged with murder for the 2012 death of Vidor resident Amber Nicole Guillory and later extradited from the Netherlands pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in Judge John Stevens Criminal District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 12. David Carl Smith, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison relative to a plea agreement made with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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Christine Johnson holding baby Faith Mason

Jury selection is underway in the case against accused abusive mother Christine Johnson, who allegedly yanked her one-month old daughter Faith Mason causing the infant severe injuries in what was a highly publicized incident in 2013.

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With a bullet hole in his stomach and his friend laying motionless, 33-year-old Jose De Jesus Sanchez told jurors that he called his wife before crawling to the mortally wounded Jose Morales to see if he was still alive. 

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When the parents of Andrew Sawyer Weller woke up on the morning of April 25, 1986, they couldn’t have known their lives would be ended with a shotgun as they sat eating breakfast.

“Well, they didn’t have salsa,” Weller’s attorney James Makin quipped.

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In a recent review on the handling of indigent defendants, many of the current administrators of justice in Jefferson County are being heralded for a job well done in making great strides toward fixing a flawed system.

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From left to right, Cory Crenshaw, Cory Kneeland and Judge John Stevens

Jefferson County's newest prosecutor was sworn in inside Jefferson County's Criminal District Court Monday, April 14. 

Cory Kneeland, a 10-year prosecutor and 2003 Texas Tech University law grad, began his career as a criminal attorney in Hale County, according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. 

Soon after, Kneeland was in Hardin County where he presented cases to a grand jury. 

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Bobby Shaun Frederick

A Groves man has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a lengthy prison term for multiple molestations of two underage girls.

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