Man sentenced to life in prison leaves ETX courthouse during trial break

Man sentenced to life in prison leaves ETX courthouse during trial break

POSTED: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 3:01pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:58pm

Authorities issued a warrant for a Dallas man's arrest Thursday after he skipped out on a life sentence.

During a court break, Nicky Charune Agnew, 37, of Dallas, left the Smith County courthouse during break and never returned, according to Civil Coordinator Terry Cockrum.

The 7th District Court called for a lunch recess at around 10:45 a.m. and resumed at 1:00 p.m. Judge Kerry L. Russell sentenced Agnew to life behind bars following a returned guilty verdict by the jury. The convict had been in court for a possession of a controlled substance charge.

According to state law, if the defendent does not return during trial, the court is allowed to proceed. Agnew was not held by bailiffs because he had bonded out on $150,000.

Cockrum stated Agnew had at least eight criminal prior convictions with the majority in Dallas County.

Agnew remains at large. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact your local authorities or the Smith County Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833.

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rat, clean the glasses and re-read the info above...did you miss the part that stated that this guy is a life-long criminal...with 8 prior convictions? The info does not tell what the priors were for, but if you want this guy out in the general public, then you are in sad shape...this guy needs to be found and locked up for the rest of his life...he does not belong outside!! Another nut-job flap-jawed statement from an angry rat who only reads every other word, I guess.

Even if a person reads every word it won't tell the entire story. I knew this guy personally and he isn't a violent person so I don't think the sentence is justified. 7 of the 8 prior offenses were drug related so he tried to make a living by selling drugs which is a bad decision on his part and he contributed to destroying families by selling drugs to the addicts. Should he be punished, absolutely but not to this extent.

Another great job by our law enforcemant officials. Another idiotic sentence by our court officials. Life in prison for posession!!!!!!!! Quite frequently muderers receive lesser sentences than this.
The tragedy of all of this, is that we the public will pay for the housing and provisions for these individual for many years. From Yahoo Answers:Prisons cost taxpayers more than $32 billion a year. Every year that an inmate spends in prison costs $22,000.The cost of a life term averages $1.5 ML.

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