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Habitual Offender Gets 30 Years for Family Violence Assault

imageMatthew Lee Hudson was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday January 15, 2014 in the 221st District Court for a June 2013 assault family violence charge.

Around 10:30 pm on the night of June 29, 2013, Officers Montgomery, Brown and Salmsassi from the Magnolia Police Department responded to a welfare check in the 17000 block of Windward Lane. When they arrived, they heard yelling and noticed broken items on the front porch of the residence. Through an open door, officers saw a woman in bleeding from the face. Also inside was Matthew Lee Hudson, who refused to come out when the officers announced their presence. Weapons drawn, Officers Montgomery, Brown and Salmassi then made entry into the home. After a brief confrontation, Hudson surrendered and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges of Assault Family Violence. Further investigation into Hudson’s background revealed a 2009 conviction for the same charge, making the most recent offense a third degree felony.

Hudson was a habitual felony offender, based on more than 4 prior felony convictions and faced a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison. Assistant District attorneys Adam McLane and Andrew James presented the case to a Montgomery County Jury, who returned a sentence of 30 years within hours of their guilty verdict.

“Mr. Hudson’s extensive criminal history proves he does not have the capability to conform to the laws of this community,” states District Attorney Brett Ligon. “Habitual criminals and violent offenders continue to be to focus of our office, and we will do what we can to separate them for those of us that abide by the law. My thanks go out to the jury who with their verdict put the safety of the community first.”

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