Former police officer convicted of raping a drunk woman after responding to a domestic disturbance call
Jimmy Lewis Fennell Jr., a former police officer in Georgetown, Texas, was convicted on Friday September 19, 2008 of raping a drunken woman after responding to a domestic disturbance call.
The 35-year-old former officer plead guilty back in May 2008 to “kidnapping and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.” The state District Judge Burt Carnes later rejected a deal recommending a two-year prison term along with 10 years of probation and a fine.
Fennell waived his right to a jury trial during Friday’s hearing and did not withdraw his guilty plea. Judge Carnes convicted Fennell on the two charges previously mentioned and set sentencing for September 26, 2008 when Fennell will face up to 10 years in prison for the kidnapping charge and up to two years in state chair and a $10,000 fine for the improper sexual activity charge.
Fennell’s sentence will result in a maximum of 12 years behind bars, a much lighter sentenced the original two 99-year sentences that he could have received had he plead not guilty to the original charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, improper sexual activity with a person in custody and official oppression.
Fennell’s criminal defense lawyer was wise in having Fennell plead guilty to the charges and was able to reduce Fennell’s sentence to possible less than 1/10 of the original one he could have faced if convicted. It is of the utmost importance to attain adequate legal representation in any criminal case in order to have some sort of success.
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