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15-YEARS-GIVEN FOR DEATH OF PATTON VILLAGE OFFICER AND YOUNG BOY

Patton Village Sgt. Baumgartner lost his life along with 11-year-old Adan Hilario in a crash at FM 1485 and SH 242 on Father’s Day of 2016. Garrett William Nee was found directly responsible for the crash when he decided to flee from the Patton Village Officer at speeds close to 100 mph that day. After a week of testimony, last week, the jury found Nee guilty of 4-counts of evading and causing serious bodily injury. Also, two counts of evading causing the death of Baumgartner and Hilario. Monday the jury heard from some experts and others for the punishment phase of the trial. After 4-hours on Tuesday the jury came back with a 15-year sentence. The maximum allowed by law was 20. Nee, who has been in the Montgomery County Jail since June 19, 2016 will have to serve at least 7-1/2 years before being eligible for parole. Those 19 months will be credited to the sentence. After the verdict, Donna Baumgartner took the stand and told Nee that she forgave him. Chloe Baumgartner, 6, will miss her father, Dona said, she won’t have him to walk her down the aisle, see her graduate, or meet her first boyfriend. However, Chloe did gain several new friends with the Hilario family who lost their son.