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Aug 1

ERIC JOHNSON SENTENCED FOR MURDER: Yesterday, a Denton County jury found Eric Johnson guilty of Murder for the shooting death of UNT student Sara Mutschlechner. Today, that same jury sentenced Eric Johnson to 44 years in prison. Johnson was indicted for firing two shots at the car in which Mutschlechner was driving. This followed a dispute after a party that the occupants of the car had attended. The loss of Sara effected not only her family, but the UNT community as well. ADA’s Tony Paul and Michelle Dobson prosecuted the case for the State of Texas. Inv. Joe Erwin from the DA’s Office also assisted in the successful prosecution of Eric Johnson. We’d like to thank the Denton Police Department for all of their hard work investigating this case. We’d also like to thank the Yuma PD and NCIS for assisting in the investigation.

 

Aug 23

CHILD MOLESTER SENTENCED: Earlier today Judge Brody Shanklin of the 211th District Court sentenced James Cottle to Life Without Parole for the offense of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child. ADA's Rick Daniel and Jesse Eyer presented evidence and argument for the State of Texas. Detective Rick Crociata of the Lewisville PD did an excellent job Investigating this heinous crime. Our office will continue to work relentlessly prosecuting and bringing to justice those who prey on young children.

 

 

Sept 7

DENTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE HOSTS TRAINING FOR DENTON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES: Investigator Mario Merendon conducted training sessions this week for over 26 police agencies in the area who will utilize a newly developed criminal case filing system. The new system was developed by the Denton County Department of Technology Services to assist law enforcement agencies and the DA's office with an improved and efficient filing platform for offense reports and digital evidence.

 


Sept 13

WORKING TOGETHER WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT: ADA Lauri Frohbieter spoke at the Intermediate Child Abuse Class for peace officers yesterday at the Coppell PD. This class was attended by peace officers from multiple agencies. The Denton County DA's Office enjoys the great working relationships we have with our law enforcement community.

 


Sept 16

DAVID THAMES SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS : Yesterday, a Denton County jury found David Thames guilty of Burglary of a Habitation for breaking into the home of a pregnant woman and brutally raping her. Today, that same jury sentenced David Thames to 60 years in prison. Thames was indicted for Burglary of a Habitation, a first degree felony, and faced up to Life in Prison. During punishment, the State was able to prove that four days after this Burglary, Thames entered a home in F...armer’s Branch and beat a woman while attempting to sexually assault her. The woman’s 2 year old child was present. DNA evidence connected Thames to both crimes. The State also presented evidence of Thames past criminal history. ADA’s Michael Dickens and Rachel Nichols prosecuted the case for the State with help from Inv. Eddie Huckabee. We’d like to thank Dallas PD Detective Todd Haecker for all of his hard work investigating this case. We’d also like to thank the jurors for putting away this monster.

 


Sept 28

Assistant District Attorney Ali Horton spoke to Lewisville/Flower Mound Teen Court volunteers on Tuesday night. These are students who volunteer their time to participate in punishment hearings for juvenile class c offenders. This is a great way for high school students to learn how the justice system works and to gain an understanding of court room procedures. The volunteers fill various different roles: prosecution, defense, bailiff, and jurors. Ali spoke to them about what our DA's Office does on a regular basis, basic criminal procedure, and how to give opening statements and closing arguments. Thank you Ali, for volunteering your time to help these students.

 

Aug 1

ERIC JOHNSON SENTENCED FOR MURDER: Yesterday, a Denton County jury found Eric Johnson guilty of Murder for the shooting death of UNT student Sara Mutschlechner. Today, that same jury sentenced Eric Johnson to 44 years in prison. Johnson was indicted for firing two shots at the car in which Mutschlecnher was driving. This followed a dispute after a party that the occupants of the car had attended. The loss of Sara effected not only her family, but the UNT community as well. ADA’s Tony Paul and Michelle Dobson prosecuted the case for the State of Texas. Inv. Joe Erwin from the DA’s Office also assisted in the successful prosecution of Eric Johnson. We’d like to thank the Denton Police Department for all of their hard work investigating this case. We’d also like to thank the Yuma PD and NCIS for assisting in the investigation.

 

Aug 23

CHILD MOLESTER SENTENCED: Earlier today Judge Brody Shanklin of the 211th District Court sentenced James Cottle to Life Without Parole for the offense of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child. ADA's Rick Daniel and Jesse Eyer presented evidence and argument for the State of Texas. Detective Rick Crociata of the Lewisville PD did an excellent job Investigating this heinous crime. Our office will continue to work relentlessly prosecuting and bringing to justice those who prey on young children.

 

Sept 7

DENTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE HOSTS TRAINING FOR DENTON COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES: Investigator Mario Merendon conducted training sessions this week for over 26 police agencies in the area who will utilize a newly developed criminal case filing system. The new system was developed by the Denton County Department of Technology Services to assist law enforcement agencies and the DA's office with an improved and efficient filing platform for offense reports and digital evidence.

 

Sept 13

WORKING TOGETHER WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT: ADA Lauri Frohbieter spoke at the Intermediate Child Abuse Class for peace officers yesterday at the Coppell PD. This class was attended by peace officers from multiple agencies. The Denton County DA's Office enjoys the great working relationships we have with our law enforcement community.

 

Sept 16

DAVID THAMES SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS : Yesterday, a Denton County jury found David Thames guilty of Burglary of a Habitation for breaking into the home of a pregnant woman and brutally raping her. Today, that same jury sentenced David Thames to 60 years in prison. Thames was indicted for Burglary of a Habitation, a first degree felony, and faced up to Life in Prison. During punishment, the State was able to prove that four days after this Burglary, Thames entered a home in Farmer’s Branch and beat a woman while attempting to sexually assault her. The woman’s 2 year old child was present. DNA evidence connected Thames to both crimes. The State also presented evidence of Thames past criminal history. ADA’s Michael Dickens and Rachel Nichols prosecuted the case for the State with help from Inv. Eddie Huckabee. We’d like to thank Dallas PD Detective Todd Haecker for all of his hard work investigating this case. We’d also like to thank the jurors for putting away this monster.

 

Sept 28

Assistant District Attorney Ali Horton spoke to Lewisville/Flower Mound Teen Court volunteers on Tuesday night. These are students who volunteer their time to participate in punishment hearings for juvenile class c offenders. This is a great way for high school students to learn how the justice system works and to gain an understanding of court room procedures. The volunteers fill various different roles: prosecution, defense, bailiff, and jurors. Ali spoke to them about what our DA's Office does on a regular basis, basic criminal procedure, and how to give opening statements and closing arguments. Thank you Ali, for volunteering your time to help these students.

 

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