What does Harris County justice look like? Right now, as I type, law enforcement officials are desperately searching for Brandon Flores, a 20 year old man charged with capital murder for the killing of Alex Chavez, 18, and Jarvis Morgan, 17. Chavez and Morgan were missing for more than two weeks when their bodies were found near a bayou in Chambers County.
Two other men, Valentin Lazo, 27, and Richard Gonzalez, 21, have been arrested for their participation in this capital murder. I only found eleven prior Harris County criminal cases for Lazo, including a pending failure to stop and give information that he is on bond for out of Harris County Court 13, Judge Don Smyth.
But, the real question is who is Brandon Flores? (click here to view Brandon Flores’ criminal record)
Brandon Alejandro Flores was born in Mexico on July 7, 1994. His adult criminal career began when he was charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief on August 6, 2012 in Harris County Court 12. This criminal trespass complaint says that Flores entered a woman’s habitation without her consent. Criminal trespass of a habitation is a class a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. In criminal parlance, criminal trespass of a habitation is usually short for attempted burglary of a habitation.
Criminal mischief is a crime where the offense level is dependent on the damage done to the victim. In this case, Flores is accused of kicking the victim’s door. Since the value of the damage was over $50 and under $500, the offense is a class b misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
For these crimes, the probable cause paperwork completed by the magistrate asks, “If you are not a United States citizen, you may be entitled to have us notify your country’s consular representative here in the United States. Do you want us to notify your country’s consular officials?” On August 7, 2012, Flores answered “YES” to this question and listed “Mexico” as his country of citizenship. So, he is a self-identified Mexican citizen, living in Baytown, Texas.
On August 16, 2012, as the result of a plea bargain with Harris County prosecutors, Flores pled guilty to criminal trespass and received 60 days in the Harris County Jail. The criminal mischief case was dismissed.
On December 1, 2012, Flores was again charged with criminal trespass – this time, in County Court 15. A third misdemeanor charge in five months. That same day, while still in the Baytown jail, Flores was granted a $1,000 bond. Flores made his first court appearance on December 7, 2012. Click here to read a KHOU 11 article about the arrest.
Then, on December 13, 2012, Flores was charged with burglary of a habitation, which was filed in the 177th District Court. The probable cause statement provides a bigger picture of Flores and his co-defendant, Roger Boose.
When Flores and Boose were arrested for the December 1, 2012 criminal trespass, which was really an attempted burglary of a habitation, they were interviewed by the Baytown Police. Both confessed to burglarizing a home on October 31, 2012. In this case, the victim came home to a strange vehicle in her driveway and her front door open. She saw two men run from her house and leave in the vehicle parked in her driveway. The victim reported that two gaming systems, a television, laptop, keyboard, jewelry, and cash were taken from her home. On December 18, 2012, Flores made a $10,000 bond. While on bond for this burglary, Flores was filed on for a second burglary of a habitation.
Flores made 16 court appearances on the Court 15 criminal trespass before the case was ultimately dismissed on January 10, 2014. The stated reason for the dismissal is “[t]he Defendant was convicted in another case” and lists 1385501 as the case number. But, is this really accurate?
What really happened is that Flores, on his fifteenth court appearance on the first burglary of a habitation case, received a plea bargain from the prosecutors, which was approved by Judge Ryan Patrick, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s son. On January 10, 2014, Flores, an admitted Mexican citizen, was given five years deferred adjudication (not a final conviction) on a second degree felony, which holds a punishment range of two to twenty years in prison. The subsequently filed burglary case was dismissed with the same stated reason as the trespass – “[t]he Defendant was convicted in another case.” Flores was not convicted – rather, he was given deferred adjudication.
I bet right about now you are wondering about Roger Boose. Boose, a few years older than Flores, has the following local criminal history: one dismissed felony drug case, a misdemeanor car burglary case where he received deferred adjudication, and, then, the criminal trespass and two home burglaries where he was a co-defendant with Flores. (click here to view Roger Boose’s criminal record)
On January 6, 2014, four days before Flores pled, Boose pled guilty and asked Ryan Patrick to determine his sentence. Patrick sentenced Boose to three years in prison. Boose, a young black man . . . and a citizen of our country.
So, in the court where our Lieutenant Governor’s son presides, an illegal alien received a better sentence than a young black man. When Ryan Patrick was appointed by Rick Perry in August 2012 to serve as a District Court judge hearing felony cases, Patrick had been a licensed attorney for six years, which barely met the minimal qualifications.
Is this just an isolated incident? Does Ryan Patrick routinely punish blacks more harshly than others? Do citizens always get worse deals than illegal aliens in his court?
Now, the United States Marshals are likely forced to intervene and bring Flores to justice. Actions speak louder than words – too bad Harris County Republicans cannot rely on their boy wonder. No tweet can solve this series of poor decisions.