Deferred adjudication in Rogers assault case
January 11, 2013, 3:20 pm by Adam Troxtell
Former state Republican Party leader Johnnie B. Rogers has been given deferred adjudication on an assault charge that was lowered from a felony to a class A misdemeanor in a 33rd District Court hearing Friday.
Rogers will serve a probationary period of six months during which he must complete an anger management course, 50 hours of community service and pay a $500 fine for assaulting Burnet Bulletin reporter James Walker at a Republican Primary watch party in May of last year.
The ruling comes as prosecutor pro-tem Bill Turner, former District Attorney for Brazos County, decided to lower the charge from a felony to a class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000. Turner said the charge was lowered because he felt it was the proper application of the law. Rogers, 63, had been indicted on a felony charge because the victim, Walker, is over the age of 65,
"We feel it is the intent of the law to apply when you target a person because they are elderly,” Turner said. He said because both men were in their 60s, evidence he gathered showed it was a basic assault case.
For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.
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