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HOW LONG IS A 6-YEAR SENTENCE IN TDCJ

Many remember the story in Houston in 2017 where a rapper was trying to promote himself by stealing a car and leading police on over a 150-mile chase around Houston. He was sentenced on April 10, 2017, to 6-years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On Saturday TDCJ sent an email out to some of the victims affected by the incident.

This email is sent from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as part of the IVSS program.

You have registered to receive notifications on the following offender: GOOSBY, TERRIAN , SID #: 08727055, TDCJ #: 02127316. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) sends our sincere regrets for the criminal victimization you have experienced. It is our goal to assist you in participating in the criminal justice process.
This is to notify you that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles approved this offender for release to supervision on 8/10/2019. Supervision means the offender will serve the remainder of their sentence in the community under the supervision of a parole officer. Before the offender is released, you will receive another notification which will include contact information for the District Parole Office responsible for the offender’s supervision. If there is more than one offense associated with this offender, you may contact our office for the specific offense(s) associated with the Board’s approval.

Some offenders are required to participate in and complete a rehabilitation or treatment program prior to their release to parole supervision. Upon successful completion of the program, the offender will be released to parole supervision until their discharge date of 2/25/2023. The amount of time it takes to release an offender to parole supervision depends on factors such as approval of the offender’s parole plan and program availability and length.

The Parole Board voted as follows: Release the offender on parole supervision when eligible. The offender becomes eligible when the offender meets their parole eligibility date and the parole certificate is issued.

If you have concerns for your immediate safety, please contact local law enforcement. If this offender was the subject of a protective order, please contact the Crime Victims Program of Texas Legal Services Center at (844) 303-SAFE (7233) or the Texas Advocacy Project at (800) 374-HOPE (4673) for assistance with protective order extensions. You may also contact these programs for assistance with obtaining a protective order.

Just after 1 am Saturday morning Terrian DePaul Goosby, 23, of Houston was spotted on South Loop 610 and Cullen by a Houston Police Crime Reduction Unit. Goosby was driving a stolen truck. Police attempted to stop him but he fled to US 59 to I-10 and at speeds close to 100 miles per hour led police for over two hours in the chase. Several times he was able to evade them by exiting the freeway, going to the u-turn lane under the freeway and going back the other direction. Spikes were set several time which were missed. At one point he was able to get past Katy where DPS joined in the pursuit. Traffic on the freeway was extremely light giving officers a chance several times to spike him. As he came back into Houston he exited into neighborhoods of Spring Valley and Spring Branch. It was at that point a Houston Police helicopter was able to join in the chase. Once that was done units were told to back off as the helicopter followed him. He re-entered the freeway on the West Loop at Memorial and traveled to South Post Oak and again went through neighborhoods. DPS once again initiated the pursuit on SH 288 heading toward US 59. The driver traveled to I-10 and east to Waco Street. DPS and Houston Police units were able to stay with him when he once again entered the neighborhoods as the streets were almost completely clear of traffic. He finally made a mistake after he cut his headlights which he had done several times during the chase. However this time he turned onto Eddie Street and ran into a dead end. That is where he was taken down. In an interview Terrain Goosby claimed to be a rapper and was trying to promote himself. Several time during the pursuit he was seen flashing hand signs and holding a cell phone out the window shooting video. Goosby claimed he was a professional driver and when asked about putting other lives in danger said he was careful not to. He now sits in the Harris County Jail on a NO BOND, He was arrested on possession of marijuana in 2011 for which he got 15 days in jail and his driver’s license suspended 180 days. Then in March 2014, he was involved in an accident which caused injuries and he fled the scene. His attorney, former Harris County Judge Jim Barr was able to get him 3 years deferred probation and a $200 fine. This meaning that his record would be clear of the felony charge after completing the 3 years. That probation does not end until September 21, 2017. If the court revokes the probation he could go to prison to serve that time. After the chase Saturday he is facing a felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. That vehicle was stolen the day before Valentines Day. In addition, he is facing a felony evading charge. Goosby, who in the interview said he was born and raised and lived in South Houston gave an address which is in the 17600 block of Cali Drive off FM 1960 and I-45. His driver’s license gives an address of Earl Mist Drive in Spring. During the chase, several officers were seen pulling into gas stations to buy several gallons of fuel using their own funds and then, due to his direction changes on the freeway were able to rejoin the pursuit.

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  1. michelle227

    And, since it apparently got in the way of competent reporting…there is NOT a favorable vote in this case. He was denied in September of 2018 and is simply in the review process. Given the initial eligibility having been November of 2017, that makes this the THIRD review for release purposes. The present review is for Discretionary Mandatory Supervision, which means there would be no programming required as a pre-condition of the release…instead, he comes out if approved and has NO therapeutic programs to be completed prior to the release. Given the use of 3D as one of the five denial codes in 2018, we know there is a drug history. Congrats on ensuring that he will be in your community re-offending without the benefit of any manner of a program.

  2. michelle227

    This is hardly news., Even juries empaneled to impose sentence are given instructions on eligibility. Where a case is the product of a negotiated plea, judges and District Attorneys are presumed to know how to do simple math.

    Where a case is eligible for mandatory supervision, the parole eligibility comes when TOTAL time credits equal one-quarter of the sentence of record. This means one becomes eligible for a release after having done about 11% of the sentence. Eligibility does NOT confer an obligation for the Board of Pardons and Paroles to approve the release.

    Statistics prepared by the Board and by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (they ARE different agencies) have shown a consistent rate of approval that is roughly one out of three across the past decade. The rate increases to roughly a coin-flip where parole has been denied and the voting moves to Discretionary Mandatory Supervision consideration (which has to occur on an annual basis).

    Anyone who wants to know about eligibility need only look at the law…although some seem to find the simple act of reading to get in the way of the misguided raging. And remember that where there is a plea. the trial officials reasonably KNEW someone would be returning to the community after having served a little more than ten percent of the sentence. Of course, those same people that cannot be bothered to become educated about requirements for release eligibility also would rather point to agencies like the Board instead of looking to where the sentences came from, specifically the trial officials THEY elected into office…

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