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2009-10-29 / Front Page

Giddings Man Gets Concurrent Sentences

On October 20, 2009, during the 21st Judicial District Court of Lee County, with the Honorable Terry Flenniken presiding, Kenneth Jobbor Simpson, 31, of Giddings was sentenced for charges steming from an 11+ hour manhunt. He was charged with Burglary of a Habitation-Assault, Repeat Felony Offender and Aggravated Kidnapping. On the burglary charge, he was sentenced to 25 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice plus $750 in fees and court costs. On the kidnapping charge, he was sentenced to 20 years confinement in TDCJ, plus $750 in fees and costs.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety website, Simpson has been in and out of jail since 1997.

For this most recent sentencing, Simpson reportedly led four different law enforcement agencies and sixteen officers, along with one DPS helicopter, on a chase that lasted 11.5 hours. As reported in the Leader last September, a female victim told the Giddings Police Department she had been kidnapped from her home and was held captive. She said the abductor took her from Giddings to Bastrop and then to Lake Somerville before taking her to his home on FM 141 north of Giddings. She was later released and Officers with GPD and Lee County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to find her abductor.

A GPD officer went to speak with Simpson's neighbors and observed Simpson in the residence before he was able to escape. Officers canvassed the area and saw Simpson. A foot pursuit ensued. Simpson led officers on a 2-mile chase where he was able to gain seclusion in a wooded creek area. He was not located.

DPS and the Texas Rangers were called to assist in the hunt. Later that afternoon the Giddings Fire Department was dispatched to the victim's residence where it was believed that Simpson had ignited a fire in a closet. A DPS Helicopter was requested, along with blood hounds from TDC.

The DPS helicopter saw Simpson on CR 117 at around 3:30 that afternoon and led officers to his location. A foot pursuit began with Simpson running from Texas Ranger Jimmy Schroeder. A physical altercation took place between Simpson and the Ranger. Other officers arrived and assisted with the apprehension. Simpson was transported to the Lee County Jail.

Also sentenced in the District Court proceedings were David Lee Watson, 29, of La Grange for Driving While Intoxicated - Subsequent; Wesley Gene Haney, 27, of Lexington for Burglary of a Building; Terry Lynn Tuttle, 46, of Giddings for Assault-Bodily Injury-Family Violence, With One Prior Conviction; Javier Pedreza, 20, of Giddings for Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon- Bodily Injury; Andrew Dee Norsworthy, 18, of La Grange for Burglary of a Building-Engaging in Criminal Activity and Victoria Ann Martinez, 28, of Bastrop for Theft by Check - $1500-$20,000.

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