John Young Sentenced to Prison


SAN ANGELO, TX — After 18 days of testimony, the jury in John Young’s forgery, theft and money laundering trial sentenced him to 11 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.  Judge Brock Jones will set restitution at a later date.

Young’s daughter burst into tears as Judge Jones read the verdict.  His wife sobbed, “I can’t stand up.”  She was sitting behind Young in the courtroom.  Young stood with his attorney Frank Sellers, who had his arm around Young.  

Young didn’t cry in court today until he hugged his son just before they left the courtroom.  

The jury was instructed that because the theft charge was a state jail felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison they would have to sentence him to more than ten years or he would be out on appeal today.  The 11 year sentence means he will be jailed until his appeal is heard in court.

The jury sentenced Young to 24 months for the first count of forgery with a $10,000 fine, 24 months on the second forgery count with a $10,000 fine, 11 years on the theft count with a $10,000 fine, and 11 years on the money laundering count with a $10,000 fine.  Each fine was the maximum.  The sentences run concurrently.

Young left out the back of the courthouse in custody while his wife, children, family members and attorneys left out the front door.  Young was taken across the street to the Tom Green County Jail to begin his sentence.

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Now the prison warden needs to start interviewing everyone named Bubba to be his cell mate......

First off all, 11 years is a joke. This is like pre-meditated (first degree) murder in the realm of fraud. Second, if anybody paid attention to this mess
it sounds like this will be a slam-dunk mistrial in the appeal process. I must add that I am not an attorney but if the term "mistrial" has any meaning, events described in the above report can be used as an example to explain that meaning.
Now, then, I have no evidence to accuse anybody of conspiring, besides I am not that type of a person. But, if this is just our good ol' Westex incompetence, this level of incompetence is criminal. So, at the end of the day, conspiracy or stupidity, would not matter. Young will walk free from this trial.

How it takes an out of town judge(if I’m not mistaken)to make someone in this city serve time when they deserve it

Well, well, well..... Just under a week into it, I wonder how old Johnny boy is trasitioning from a dinner of Caviar, Lobster and fine wine to a dinner of a bologna and cheese sandwich, a handful of stale chips and a paper cup of water ? ? ?

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