FELONY MURDER LIFE SENTENCE UPHELD BY THE STATE OF TEXAS

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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  1. lilkuntrylady

    My heart & prayers go out to the family that has stepped up to care for the mother & boys. This family has been through so much and yet they are strong! I agree with hunter04, this man should have to get on his knees and ask for forgiveness.

  2. hunter04

    AMEN! Finaly, justice. I hope this man has a horrible time in PRISON, may he still b going threw withdrawls from the drink that caused him to ruin such a wonderful family. Ya know, better yet may he die a slow slow horrible death,. So glad he won’t b on the streets anymore. I hope also one day he has the sac (oh I said it) to apologize to the Haynes family, esp his 2 young boys. RIP Eddie, miss ya,.

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