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Grand jury indicts TDCJ inmates on possession charges
by Gary Kent
May 08, 2013 | 2306 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – A William G. McConnell Unit prisoner faces a possible 10-year increase in the sentence he was already serving after being convicted of two attempted capital murder charges on Aug. 6, 2001.

Brian Kenson Johnson was named in a one-count indictment by Bee County grand jurors last month on a charge of possession of a prohibited item in a correctional facility.

The charge was enhanced to a third degree felony because Johnson already had the two felony convictions on attempted capital murder charges in Tarrant County.

TDCJ investigators alleged that Johnson had a cellular phone in his possession on Dec. 13, 2010, while he was incarcerated at the McConnell Unit.

His bond was set at $50,000 by District Judge Starr Bauer.

Other Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division inmates indicted in April included:

•Rafael Garza on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, in a correctional facility.

The charge was enhanced to a third degree felony.

The indictment alleged that Garza had the drug on July 19, 2011, while serving a sentence at the Raul R. “Rudy” Garza West Unit.

At the time of the alleged offense, Garza had previous felony convictions in Bexar County that included one on a charge of aggravated kidnapping on May 5, 2010, and two convictions on Aug. 2, 2010.

The two August convictions included one for kidnapping and another conviction on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram.

Those two convictions were also in Bexar County.

Bond was $50,000.

•Alfredo Murillo Chavez on a charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

According to state investigators, the defendant had marijuana in his possession while serving as a convict at the McConnell Unit.

The charge was enhanced to a third degree felony.

Chavez had previous felony convictions on charges of failure to appear on Aug. 8, 2000, in Tom Green County and on a charge of burglary of a habitation on Oct. 18, 2006, in Sutton County.

Bond was $50,000.

•Sean Patrick Duffy on a charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, enhanced to a third degree felony.

The indictment alleged that Duffy had marijuana while serving as an offender at the McConnell Unit on Feb. 29, 2012.

Previous felony convictions included one for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, less than 28 grams on April 9, 1997, in Tom Green County and one on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, more than 400 grams on Dec. 4, 2008, in Bandera County.

Bond was $50,000.
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