MAN CHARGED IN FAYETTE CO. ROAD RAGE INCIDENT
A Houston man is in Fayette County custody after a road rage incident on I-10 on Sunday.
Around 10 a.m., Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Herman Olvera responded to a report of a handgun being shot out the window of a new model Ford Edge traveling eastbound on I-10. Olvera located and stopped the vehicle near Schulenburg, with assistance from Schulenburg police and DPS.
The sheriff’s office says the occupants, two men and a woman traveling with a small child, at first denied any involvement in any shooting or weapons being in the vehicle. However, upon further investigation, a 9mm handgun was found in the back seat. Marijuana was also located.
When confronted, the driver admitted to firing the handgun out the window after being cut off by other vehicles, and claimed ownership of the bag where the handgun and marijuana were discovered. It was also determined that the driver was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to being a convicted felon.
35-year-old Charlie Ray Sheppard Jr. was transported to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center and charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Deadly Conduct, Endangering a Child and Possession of Marijuana.
Because of the weekend vacation that the House legislators took, the following Senate Bill 23 will not be passed in this legislative session.
“Senate Bill 23, from Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, would require people who use a firearm while committing certain felonies to serve at least 10 years in prison or on probation if convicted. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had designated SB 23 a priority bill.”–The Texas Tribune
So for persons such as this who commit crimes such as this, had it occurred after the proposed law went into effect September 1st, he would have been in jail for at least 10 years, and possibly longer for the deadly conduct and drug charges that were also filed. Good thing that Texas is tough on crime…
So much for Dan Patrick’s priorities.
I bet he wishes he would have done this in Harris County. They would have slapped him on the back of the hand and sent him on his way. Fayetteville County, not so much.