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Texas man rejects plea bargain that would have saw him walk free, instead gets 40 years in prison

September 3, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas man rejects plea bargain that would have saw him walk free, instead gets 40 years in prison

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A Texas man, who neglected to accept a plea bargain that would have freed him, was issued a 40-year prison sentence instead.

The New York Daily News reported that 46-year-old Raymond Lindsey Jr. was sentenced after he was convicted of assault on a public servant and retaliation after refusing the plea bargain offered by prosecutors.

Lindsey served 19 months in custody since police officers said that he slammed an apartment door on one cop and threatened to kill several others who were investigating a dispute between Lindsey and his girlfriend back in January 2015. He rejected a plea deal that would have provided him with credit for time served, and he ultimately would have been released.

“This defendant had compiled a lengthy criminal history out of state prior to moving to Texas,” Philip Teisser, Assistant District Attorney, told the Houston Chronicle in an interview. “Consequently, Lindsey is obviously not the type of person we want living in Texas or Montgomery County. Unfortunately for him, he had to learn that the hard way.”

The suspect’s attorney filed to have a psychological evaluation conducted in March, but the assessment deemed that he was competent to stand trial.

The man refused the plea bargain that would have saw him plead guilty to a reduced assault charge because he believed everyone was conspiring against him, Willis Everett Smith, the appointed attorney, told the Chronicle.

The lawyer advised his client  to accept the plea bargain, stating that his prior offenses, which include charges for burglary and domestic assault, would lead to a sentence that could range from 25 years to life behind bars.

Smith reportedly hasn’t had a client reject a plea bargain in his 30 years as an attorney.

Lindsey said, “It is what it is,” and he didn’t get outraged at his lawyer when the jury issued the verdict last week, Smith told the paper.

“He said, ‘It’s all good, you did your best.’ I said, ‘Wow,’” Smith stated. He added that he filed a notice of appeal in the case.

Investigators sais Lindsey smashed a TV, a glass coffee table, an entertainment center, and a bird cage with a live bird in it when officers accompanied his girlfriend out of the residence in January 2015. He allegedly pointed at several officers and threatened their lives during the arrest, court documents indicated.

Smith told the Houston Chronicle he doesn’t believe Lindsey’s actions that day was targeted toward the cops.

“I think he was more unstable than anything else,” the lawyer stated. “Although, I think if you were to ask him, he would think he was fine. I think he needs another set of eyes and ears to look at what I’ve looked at.”

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