DA Press Release – Straight Gravy Suspect Sentenced to 60 Years

John Edward Horace, Jr. was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Thursday, March 24, 2011 in the 410th District Court for a February 15, 2009 aggravated assault with a deadly weapon at a Conroe night club.  On Saturday, February 15, 2009 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Conroe Police Department officers were dispatched to the Strait Gravy night club at 2017 N. Frazier Street  in response to reports of multiple gunshots.  Officers were advised that a suspect fired multiple shots towards the front entrance of the club shooting a male victim in the back.  The suspect was observed fleeing the scene in a maroon vehicle.

John Edward Horace

Conroe Police Department officer J.E. Blackwelder secured the scene and oversaw the safety of the victim.  Detective Larry Black, Crime Scene Investigator, Lee Tipton and Patrol Sergeant Mike Stowe coordinated efforts to locate the suspect.  Multiple eye-witness accounts of the shooting identified John Edward Horace, Jr. as the shooter.

Prosecutor Liah Olson presented the case to the jury in the guilt and punishment phase of the trial.  The defendant was a habitual felony offender based on two prior felony convictions and faced a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison.  All of the defendant’s prior convictions were introduced during the punishment phase in addition to disciplinary records from the Montgomery County Jail and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.   Judge K. Michael Mayes sentenced the defendant to 60 years in prison after hearing testimony from several officers who handled the defendant in the past for violent, drug related offenses. 

“This defendant has been a drain on the local community for decades,” stated District Attorney Brett Ligon.  “I appreciate the hard work of law enforcement, the jury and the judge who finally have rid our streets of a habitual violent offender.  We will all be safer with Mr. Horace in prison.”

For additional information please call Joel Daniels at (936) 539-7800

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