Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the life sentence given to Harold Schmidt on March 26, th of this year by a Montgomery County Jury in Judge Kathleen Hamilton court for intoxicated manslaughter.
Brett Peabody and Rob Freyer presented the case for the State in the trial led by investigating Officer Jeff Smith of the Conroe Police Department. Officer Smith testified that while on bond following an arrest for his fourth DWI, Mr. Schmidt failed to yield the right of way to a motorcycle being driven by Mr. Haynes. The defendant had disabled the ignition interlock device he was required to have on his vehicle as a condition of his bond. Cheryl Haynes, Mr. Haynes’s wife, was a passenger on the motorcycle, and is permanently disabled as a result of the crash. The jury sentenced the defendant to the maximum of 20 years in prison for the Intoxication Assault charge associated with her injuries. They also handed down two 16 year sentences to Mr. Schmidt for fleeing from the scene of the accident and running to hide in the woods. Maximum fines were assessed in each count.
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