KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
April 22, 2020
By Katy Magazine Editors
The overpopulated Harris County jails and the potential spread of the coronavirus have led some judges to release violent criminals out on low bonds. In some cases, Katy criminals have been caught violating bond terms with no consequences. Releasing these criminals causes concern as authorities recognize National Crime Victims Week and the unwilling participants in a seemingly troubled system.
Harris County Judges Release Known Violent Offenders
Harris County judges continue to release violent criminals. The concern over a major coronavirus outbreak within the jail system is taking an already known issue and spreading it.
An overpopulated jail system within Harris County echoes a similar issue seen in the late 80s and early 90s.
“This isn’t anything new,” says Andy Kahan with Crime Stoppers Houston. But COVID-19 has given the system a reason to get these offenders out of jail.”
Kahan spends his days looking into specific cases. He focuses not on first-time offenders but rather those charged with new violent crimes who also have had a history with violent crimes. While there are a large amount of these cases, Kahan is very concerned over two Katy cases that now have violent criminals back on our streets. One offender was charged last year with the murder of a young Katy father.
Katy Felons Charged of Violent Crimes, Even Murder Are Out
On February 9, 2019 Dietrich Thomas shot and killed a 29-year-old Katy father of two in a road rage incident off of Morton Ranch Rd.
At the time of his initial hearing, Thomas was denied bond because he was out on bond for a previously charged violent crime.
Thomas was released on a low bond this January, issued from Judge Jason Luong, the Harris County 185th District Court Judge. Records show that since his release out on bond Thomas has violated his conditions multiple times.