Christopher Gene Kulow, of Brenham, was convicted by a jury of Official Oppression, a Class A misdemeanor, on August 19, 2015. Judge Carson Campbell presided over the trial in the 21st District Court. District Attorney Julie Renken and First Assistant at the time Eric Berg represented the State at trial, and Greg Cagle represented the Defendant. Kulow elected to have the court assess punishment after a Pre-Sentence Investigation was completed. On October 1, 2015, Kulow was punished to one year in the Washington County Jail by Judge Campbell. This is the maximum allowed by law. Kulow was allowed to be released on bond pending appeal. Anyone sentenced to less than a ten year sentence is allowed by law to be out on bond pending appeal.
Kulow was indicted on October 10, 2013, for an offense from August 22, 2013. The charge resulted from an incident in the Washington County Jail, where the victim was being held on misdemeanor warrants. Then-deputy Kulow, assaulted the victim, who had been restrained after being disruptive in the jail. He was charged with pushing the victim over while in a restraint chair, and hitting the victim with his hand.
Official Oppression is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail. Typically misdemeanors are handled by the County Attorney, but District Attorney Julie Renken prosecuted this case, because, by law, a District Attorney has jurisdiction in cases involving a public servant.
The 14th Court of Appeals out of Houston, Texas, affirmed the conviction on June 15, 2017. After, Kulow lost the appeal, he filed a Petition of Discretionary Review, asking the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas, to review the conviction. The Court of Criminal Appeals refused Kulow’s Petition and did not review the case. On November 10, 2017, the 14th Court of Appeals sent a mandate to the 21st Judicial District Court to enter sentence. Today, Judge Campbell pronounced the final sentence and Kulow was taken into custody to serve the one year sentence in County Jail. Story from the Washington County District Attorney's Office.