As the Czar predicted, the man who investigator say shot two Houston police officers as they served a felony warrant was free on multiple bonds.
Deon Ledet, 30, was being served a narcotics arrest warrant at his apartment complex in northeast Harris County when he shot Senior Officer William "Bill" Jeffrey and Sgt. Michael Vance.
The officers returned fire, shooting and killing Ledet at the scene.
Tragically, Officer Jeffrey passed away from his injuries.
Chief Troy Finner says Vance went into surgery and is expected to recover.
"According to a criminal history record from the Texas Department of Public Safety, 30-year-old Ledet had multiple convictions and arrests dating back to 2008. His criminal history includes arrests for evading arrest and burglary of a vehicle. In 2015, he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In 2020, the felony charge of possession with intent to deliver was added to his rap sheet.
The Harris County District Attorney’s office tells KPRC 2 that Magistrate Lionel Castro set bond amounts for Ledet at $20,000 and $40,000 on Nov. 17, 2020. The next day, Nov. 18, the District Attorney’s office asked for bond to be denied because Ledet was a habitual offender. Instead, the DA’s office says Judge Greg Glass of the 208th District Court lowered the bond amounts to $10,000 and $20,000.
KPRC 2 Investigates reviewed a bond condition violation report indicating Ledet did not report for an ankle monitor in November 2020. Ledet failed to appear in court again at the beginning of 2021."
Again the 208th District Court Judge who lowered Ledet’s bond amount and let him free despite being a habitual criminal is Greg Glass.
As the Houston Police Officers Union writes, “Ledet should have never been free, as a true habitual offender with two prior TDCJ trips for Agg Assault. Instead of NO-BOND, he was given bond, violated his conditions, given another bond, and then jumped bail - never charged with bail jumping. Shame on the 208th District Court.”
Here’s Ledet’s lengthy criminal history from HPOU:
Grim stats from Crime Stoppers’ Andy Kahan: