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Nephew Convicted for Burning His Uncle

A Lee County jury on February 17 convicted Montrell Jarrard Washington of Houston, of Aggravated Assault – Serious Bodily Injury. Washington’s charges resulted from a February 18, 2010 incident in the Doak Springs community that resulted in severe burns to Washington’s uncle, Donald Washington. Donald Washington died from complications of the burns on May 9, 2010. Lee County Attorney Martin Placke said that testimony during the trial indicated that the incident resulted from a “prank gone bad.”

Judge Terry Flenniken presided over the case. The case was investigated by Texas Ranger Brent Barina and Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer. Placke was assisted in the trial by Assistant County Attorney Pamela Giese. Washington was represented by Melissa Morris of Houston.

Judge Flenniken set sentencing in the case for March 22, at 9: 00 a. m. Washington could be sentenced up to 20 years in the penitentiary. Placke noted that Washington is not eligible for probation and will not be eligible for parole until at least one- half of the sentence imposed has been served.

On Thursday, February 18, 2010, Donald Washington received burns to 35% of his body, primarily on his chest and face, while at his home on CR 442 in Lincoln. He was taken to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin by a family member in a private vehicle at about 8 p.m. that night. The Lee County Sheriff ’s Department was notified by Brackenridge at about 10:49 p.m. in regard to the incident. A relative of Washington told Lee County Sheriff ’s investigators that his nephew, Montrell Jarrard Washington, may have set him on fire.

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