Barry (my Dad) is ill and wants me to give you the news about his trial.
We announced “ready for trial” and the prosecutor offered a surprise plea bargain that Dad couldn’t refuse. Dad believes the plea was offered for two reasons: the government’s case was weak and because of all of your phone calls to the Williamson County prosecutor.
Thank you so much for calling and helping my father.
He plead guilty to False Alarm or Report and avoided two costly and lengthy trials (each trial would have cost 10k or more). As part of the plea agreement, Dad paid a $200 fine…NO JAIL AND NO PROBATION. The other police-retaliation charge, Operating Without A Private Investigators License, was dropped as part of the plea and Dad gets all his valuable tapes that were seized during the misdemeanor raid on our home. A lot of the tapes contain unseen footage of the Odessa, Yolanda Madden sting.
Some are reporting my dad must spend 4 days in jail as part of the plea.
It’s technically correct to say he was sentenced to 4 days in jail but since he served 2 days upon his arrest and Williamson County gives double-time, Dad received a “Time-Served” sentence.
If Dad had been found guilty, he could have been sentenced to one year in jail. My father is guilty of planting a bag to test an officer’s integrity but he is not guilty of False Alarm or Report. He plead guilty for obvious reasons and Williamson County offered such a good deal for obvious reasons.
Dad, Mom, my family and I want to thank you for all your support. This past year has been the worst year of our lives (one raid, Dad arrested 3 times, Mom arrested twice and my brother taken from us) but we made it through as a family. We are much stronger, closer and smarter because of it.
I’m glad my Dad is free.
We must now get my little brother back. The courts begin reviewing our appeal August 30. It’s the appeal we filed to get my brother, Zack, back.
I’m certain Mom and Dad will reach out to you soon to possibly make phone calls to the appeals court for us. It really helps.