KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 24, 2022
By Katy Magazine Editors
Texas Senate Bill 6 became law this year putting limits on what felony offenses an individual can have and still be released on personal bond. Unfortunately, “Felon in Possession of a Weapon” wasn’t an offense included in the bill and now a Katy resident is one of potentially many convicted felons out on bond after being caught with a gun.
Harris County Court Grants Bond to Katy Resident and Convicted Felon
Harris County continues to be the focus when it comes to bonds being granted for multiple offenders. Andy Kahan with Crime Stoppers of Houston points out that a Katy resident in Kelliwood Gardens is one of potentially many out on a personal recognizance (PR) bond despite a dangerous record.
“Everyone is talking about guns and gun safety, but no one wants to talk about a felon in possession of a gun,” says Andy Kahan, Director of Victim Services and Advocacy at Crime Stoppers of Houston.
A convicted felon (see note at bottom) lives in Kelliwood Gardens and has 5 felony convictions in Montgomery County, 2 felony convictions in Harris County, and 7 Misdemeanor Convictions. His criminal record didn’t sway a Harris County court from granting him a felony PR Bond for Felon in Possession of a Weapon after he was caught with a gun.
Kahan believes a lack of communication between counties is also to blame in such cases.
“You can’t be giving out a get out of jail free card to felons that can pose a serious threat to the community,” says Kahan.
Senate Bill 6 that was passed during the last Texas legislative session was written to better control who is being granted such bonds. The offense of a felon in possession of a weapon wasn’t included in the bill.
“I’m seeing more felons in possession getting out on PR bonds,” says Kahan. “This offense wasn’t included in SB6 but I think it will be addressed this session.”
Kahan is talking to Montgomery County officials today to discuss next steps. He says that the individual isn’t the only criminal out on such a bond. He’s been out since 2006 on numerous bonds despite his criminal record.
“It defies logic that someone like this can be out,” says Kahan. “The big question is how many others are out with multiple charges amongst multiple counties that don’t know about it.”
Overall, Harris County has been experiencing a rise in crime. More Katy businesses have been reporting break-ins and theft.
“It’s fascinating that he is back out and based on his track record I don’t think we’ve seen the last of his criminal activity,” says Kahan.
Harris County residents can always call and write their public officials with concerns.
Note: Katy Magazine decided to leave out the convicted felon's name in an effort to protect his child(ren), who are minors. The purpose of this story is to bring attention to these bonds being granted to known felons.