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Man who tried to steal ETX bus with students aboard gets 82 years

Man who tried to steal ETX bus with students aboard gets 82 years
Anderson County Jail

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 11:26am

UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:32pm

A man convicted of trying to steal a Palestine ISD school bus full of students was sentenced by an Anderson County jury to 80 years in prison Tuesday.

Cedrick B. Lewis, 31, was convicted on 20 of 30 counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 80 years on each count of kidnapping; those sentences will run concurrently. The suspect will serve an additional two years for the motor vehicle conviction. He was also fined a total of $210,000.

According to Assistant District Attorney Scott Holden and Assistant District Attorney Erica Morgan, the state asked for no less than 50 years, but the jury sent a message with 80 years on each count.

"We're very proud of the jury who wanted to send a message we don't want anyone threatening the children and placing them at risk," said Holden.

The aggravated kidnapping charges were enhanced from a second to first-degree felony, due to the criminal's prior arrest history.

Back on December 18, 2012, at around 8:00 a.m., Lewis hopped on a school bus at the Timber Crest Apartments and attempted to drive away. Police believe he made the move after he was involved in a fight at the complex.

An alert school bus driver, who was helping a student get seated, approached the suspect and was able to subdue him with the help of an apartment maintenance employee and an off-duty corrections officer. Police arrived and arrested Lewis, then booked him into the Anderson Count Jail.

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One more thing. The CHL person who came to help is what I call a hero. Do you think his deeds will be acknowledged? It has barely been mentioned by the media, No way they would ever acknowledge that a CHL licensee did anything good. Liberals don't think like that.

The cops were ok with it because you followed procedure according to the Texas Penal Code. The isn't a grand jury in Texas that would have indited you in that case. D.A wouldn't have even filed it.

Deaf, I do not understand why the liberals hate the NRA. I'm not a member but I've gone to their webpage and looked at their history and their training courses. it is a given that they would know and promote gun manufacturers the same way any other business does. The thing that gets me is their training courses which are top notch and cover nearly all gun related topics. There is some propaganda but what organization doesn't have that. I support the NRA and their position on the 2nd.

According to the Palestine Hearld Press neal, the man received 80 years for 20 counts NOT 80 years on each count as you have stated. Just more misinformation from neal barton and KETK

And idiot, are you saying the two nutjobs in Las Vegas that murdered the two cops and the CCW holder who came to stop them could have been apprehended without guns?

So do cops not need guns? Is that what you are saying?

You really don't have a clue, do you idiot.

Uh idiot, THREE of them did confront this criminal, you did read that, right?

The NRA does not call for 'everyone' to be armed. Those wishing to arm themselves have the RIGHT to be armed.

I've got one bugler (held at gunpoint for cops) and one purse snatcher (two of us chased him down & held him for cops, without guns) to my credit. But I say, that Colt Cobra I had in my hand sure did get the attention of that bugler. When I said, "just stay", he did as told.

And the cops were ok with it.

I have sat on a grand jury in Anderson County. In fact, I was the vice-chairman of that grand jury and have seen many things that happen in Anderson County that the ordinary citizen wouldn't believe. I signed many inditments and helped put several career criminals away. I would have loved to been sitting on this assholes jury. 82 years isn't nearly enough. He will be an old man before he gets out but even the chance of parole is not appropriate in this case.

News flash to all criminals. Anderson county Texas is not the place to commit a crime against a child. Expect the maximum sentence if you do.

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