IS THIS CONVICTED CRIMINAL GETTING A SWEETHEART DEAL FROM THE HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE?

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Some Houston police officers say Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos is being soft on crime.  Members of the Houston Police Officers’ Union point to the recent arrest of Mark Ames.  No matter how you look at the Houstonian’s criminal past he would likely be considered a career criminal. Ray Hunt, who is President of the police union, says it took several officers to arrest Ames during a police chase.  Hunt says the only way Ames was stopped is by officers shooting him.  Union officials say that’s why they were shocked that Ames only received a year in jail after a conviction for evading.  Hunt says prosecutors failed to file all of the appropriate charges that could’ve landed what Hunt says is a menace in prison for a long time.  I’ve included Hunt’s memo and a list of Ames criminal charges and history:

Gentlemen,

This guy just was given a sweet deal of 1 year state jail for felony evading in a motor vehicle and nothing for assault on the police officer who tried to arrest him.  The police officer had to shoot him during the arrest, but he lived and begins his whole 1 year sentence!  This guy will commit again as soon as he is released and y’all will have his arrests listed on the screen and the public will say, “How was this guy walking the streets???”

Ray

Mark Ames
B/M – 08/22/88 (23)

Mark Ames has an extensive criminal history and is a documented gang member with the 59 Bounty Hunters.  He has fourteen arrests in Harris County between 2006 and 2012 as an adult.  The following is a list of his previous criminal charges:

Evading Arrest/Vehicle (2006)
Filed as State Jail Felony and agreed to plea deal for a lesser conviction of evading arrest as a Class B misdemeanor;  Sentenced to 180 days in Harris County Jail
Evading Arrest/Foot (2007)
Filed as a Class B misdemeanor and agreed to a plea deal for a conviction on the charge;  Sentenced to 50 days in Harris County Jail
Criminal Mischief (2007)
Filed as a Class A misdemeanor and agreed to a plea deal for a conviction on the charge;  Sentenced to 50 days in Harris County Jail
Possession of a Controlled Substance (2007)
Filed as a State Jail Felony and agreed to three years deferred adjudication/probation and a fine of $200;  Later violated the terms of probation and sentenced to seven months in State Jail
Possession of Marijuana (2007)
Filed as a Class B misdemeanor and agreed to a plea deal for a conviction on the charge;  Sentenced to 15 days in Harris County Jail
Possession of a Controlled Substance (2009)
Filed as a 3rd Degree Felony and reduced to a State Jail Felony by the Grand Jury and agreed to a plea deal for a conviction on the charge;  Sentenced to seven months in State Jail
Felon in Possession of Weapon (2009)
Filed as a 3rd Degree Felony and dismissed due to being convicted on another charge;  Tech 9 (9mm) gun
Possession of Marijuana (2009)
Filed as a Class B misdemeanor and dismissed due to being convicted on another charge
Interference with Emergency Telephone Communication (2010)
Filed as a Class A misdemeanor and plead guilty;  Sentenced to 10 days in Harris County Jail
Criminal Trespass (2010)
Filed as a Class B misdemeanor and dismissed due to being convicted on another charge
Evading Arrest/Foot/Previous Conviction (2011)
Filed as a State Jail Felony and dismissed due to being convicted on another charge
Assault – Family Member (2011)
Filed as a Class A misdemeanor and plead guilty;  Sentenced to 10 days in Harris County Jail
Assault – Family Member (2012)
Filed as a Class A misdemeanor and plead guilty;  Sentenced to 10 days in Harris County Jail
Evading Arrest/Vehicle (2012)
Filed as 3rd Degree Felony and agreed to plea deal for a lesser conviction of Attempted Evading Arrest as a State Jail Felony;  Sentenced to one year in Harris County Jail

HARRIS COUNTY DA RESPONDS:

I reviewed the file and spoke with the prosecutors in the 232 nd District Court. Quickly securing this conviction guarantees the defendant will serve a full year behind bars in a state prison, rather than being paroled after a short period of time.

We shall continue to work hand-in-hand with our partners in law enforcement to seek justice. We strive to do the right thing for all the citizens of Harris County.

Donna Hawkins

Harris County District Attorney’s Office