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Jury Sentences Pasadena Man to 2 Years
Probation for Harassment of a Public Servant
March 7, 2017
– Today, Eddie Havok Julian Morales, 23, was convicted and sentenced by a jury
to 2 years probation for harassment of a public servant.
Morales’ jury trial began. The State presented witness testimony detailing
Morales’ actions on March 19, 2016. Testimony revealed that a Hitchcock Police
Department patrol officer saw a vehicle parked on the side of the road and a
male in the passenger seat who was passed out. After several unsuccessful
attempts to awaken the male, the officer saw that the male’s eyes appeared to
have rolled back into his head. The officer saw a wallet on the floorboard and
based on a Texas Driver’s License identified the male as Morales.
assistance was requested to evaluate Morales. After being awakened by EMS,
Morales became extremely combative requiring three officers to restrain him.
Because of his agitated state officer assistance was requested for the ride to
Mainland Medical Center. While en route to the hospital Morales spit in the
Texas law, a person commits the offense of Harassment of a Public Servant when
the person—with the intent to assault, harass, or alarm—causes another person
whom the person knows to be a public servant to contact the blood, seminal
fluid, vaginal fluid, saliva, urine, or feces of the actor while the public
servant is lawfully discharging an official duty.
morning, the jury deliberated for about 10 minutes before returning with a
guilty verdict. The punishment stage of trial immediately followed. Morales,
who had no criminal history and was eligible for probation, faced a sentencing
range of 2 years to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice. After hearing closing arguments and
deliberating for about 40 minutes, the jury returned with a punishment verdict
of 2 years probation.
was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Charlotte Kim and Anthony Smith
in the 56th District Court, with Judge Lonnie Cox presiding. The investigation
was conducted by the Hitchcock Police Department.
Criminal District Attorney
County District Attorney's Office