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TX: Man sentenced to 40 years in prison for failing to register

[Source: click2houston.com – 6/10/21]

GALVESTON, Texas – A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Galveston County jury after he failed to register on the sex offense registry, according to the Galveston County Criminal District Attorney.

Thomas Lee Alexander, III was required to register with local law enforcement because of a 1995 conviction for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in Harris County, according to the DA’s Office.

In 2017, Alexander moved from Galveston to Indiana without notifying local authorities, and in 2019, the Galveston Police Department learned that Alexander was in jail in Indiana and was extradited back to the county, according to a release. Alexander was indicted for failing to register as  with two previous felony convictions, the release stated.

Prosecutors said that Alexander had three prior convictions for failing to register, two in Harris County and one in Arizona, during the trial. Assistant Criminal District Attorney Quinten McConico told the jury that Alexander “is someone who has no interest in following the rules,” according to the release.

Due to Alexander’s guilty verdict and due to his previous convictions, his punishment range was 25 years to life in prison.

The jury sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

“Our community is safer with Mr. Alexander locked up in TDCJ, and the jury did the right thing in sending him off for 40 years,” McConico said.

He will be eligible for parole in 10 years, or less with credit for good time served.

 

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This is insane. 40 year sentence for failing to register! Thank God the Registry is only administrative & regulatory. Can you imagine if it was actually criminal and punitive!!??

Hard to follow the rules when the goalposts are always moving; while other convicts get to live their life after their sentence. A club membership that I’d like see Justices Alito and Roberts be a member for a month.

Got his ass up outher here 💨

40 Years!!??!! That is insane!!!!

“Our community is safer with Mr. Alexander locked up in TDCJ, and the jury did the right thing in sending him off for 40 years,” 
Safer? How is the community safer? I was not aware that failing to register made communities unsafe.
Thanks God for the registries because they sure do make communities safe. (spoken sarcastically as murderers, drug dealers, home invaders, child abusers, etc. roam free).

The headline uses the term “repeat sex offender” when the only sex crime indicated in the article was committed in 1995. Is FTR now considered a sex crime? This is yellow journalism at its worst.

Veritas.

It says repeat sex offender, yet it only list’s one sex offense from 1995. It does not state the other charge, which I am guessing was not a sex offense other wise they would have been sure to tout that.

You say the community is now safer. Did he assault anyone during those times he didn’t register?

I have written to the New York Times and the Washington Post with hopes that they will pick up this news item and do a larger, more complete story on sex offense registries and how they’ve evolved to their current level of insanity.

Wait, in 1995 he had a charge against a 15 year old. He looks like he is about 42, so was he 16 or 17 when he did this?

I was wondering what happens when you don’t renew your Price Club membership.

40 years for not renewing his Price Club membership. WOW!!!!

One time only crime isn’t a repeat offender. The repeat offenders are the public with their hysteria on sex; while engaging in it. Put down the hysteria and grab a joint, light it up and chill the hell down.

This is clearly a guy who doesn’t care! 1x? 2x? I get throwing the book at him, but a 10 year sentence would have made anyone realize the court means business!

40 years for felluer to register that sounds about right.
Here in California a FTR charge falls under the 3 strike law 667pc you can live crime free for 30 and accidentally catch a FTR charge and be sent to prison for 10-15 years.
A couple weeks ago I read a
article about this sex offender from Moreno Valley who was convicted back in 1998 of 288(a)pc while on probation he ended up catching another felony robbery charge and went to prison for 5 years.
In 2004 he was released from prison at 24 years old he gotta job and remained crime free for the next 16 years.
In 2020 he was arrested again for domestic violence and holding a person against their will.
While questioning his mother-in-law police found out he had been staying at their house on and off for months so they charged him with FTR
In 2021 Riverside Superior Court hit him with the California 3strike law and sentenced him to 25 years to life

Good luck 🤢

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” No interest in following the rules”. Well, if the rules keep changing, then more power to him.

“ Our community is safer with him locked up”. Was his only offense 16 yrs ago?

so every person that blows off a 10 yr old parking ticket should go to jail………..

This all reeks of ‘ Judge Roy Bean’ ism. Just through the harshest penalty at a person for the most minor of infractions.

This guy had a jury trial for failure to register?

😳😳😳 Wow. Here’s another…. also 20+ year ago conviction, also 3rd FTR, also Texas ….. And a 25 year sentence for FTR. Unbelievable.

https://www.focusdailynews.com/henry-f-quintero-sentenced-to-25-years-for-failure-to-register-as-sex-offender/

Law enforcement’s rhetoric sounds shockingly similar…. “Community is now safer, blah, blah, blah…” 🙄

In cases like this, IMO that they use FTR as low-hanging fruit to nail someone who hasn’t changed his ways. Note that the article says he had two previous felony convictions AND he had three prior FTR convictions, 2 in TX and 1 in AZ. I expect one of those two felony convictions was the offense that originally placed him in the Price Club; who knows what the other was.

I find 40 years excessive for the specific offense but for his continued flouting of society’s laws and given a third felony means 25y+, the jury’s verdict was not out of line. Recall, too, that he brought this all on himself through his repeated conduct. (I do believe they tossed in the extra 15y because of the relation to a sexual offense.) He does show that the registry itself is useless and futile, since he clearly was going and getting around under the noses of people in TX, AZ, and IN. I wonder how many few LE agencies in those states are using him and his registry info to solve sex offenses in their jurisdictions. We all know the answer is probably quite close to zero, for no other reason than they honestly don’t care if he did anything, because he’s already penned up for 10+ years.

He is an idiot. He should have gotten 10 max! Plus, get a Psych evaluation prior to determine if he had memory issues

I don’t back this registry for any reason , I don’t think it helps anyone , and I think its strait out punishment , there is no way to opt out , and if you blow it off you have people in pickle suits and a badge looking for you with guns , and if you run from them they will shoot you , if they catch you , you will go to prison , Sounds like parole to me , you know punishment . Forever! only punks by into this registry hell , they are sick weak people that get into punishing people , going around behind RC’s backs screwing their life up , their families life , they even hunt them at the crap hole many live in , even their camping spot if they are homeless . threats /assaults / property damage/ even murder many RC’s, I can’t even pretend to know what is going through this this guys head , but its not any of my business other than this could be any of us , I do wonder if the guy after being on the registry for awhile gave up any chance of ever having a normal life , I can see how the registry can harm people long after they did their time , it makes me sad knowing the feeling of being defeated by a system that don’t care if one makes it or not seems to me the system is wrong and must be corrected 101% .

Wait…… The FTR guy gets 40 years…and the 10-kilos-of-Heroin dealer gets less than half that – less than 17 years?? WTF???😡
Oh, did I hear someone mention “community safety”?? 🙄

https://www.news-daily.com/news/repeat-offender-sentenced-to-200-months-in-prison-for-dealing-up-to-10-kilos-of/article_88ce2390-cd3a-11eb-806a-eff3a62ce40b.html

So, according to this article ( https://all4consolaws.org/2021/06/the-punishment-economy-winners-and-losers-in-the-business-of-mass-incarceration/ ), this 40 year FTR sentence will cost taxpayers – at minimum – $1.2 million.
🤔
Congratulations taxpayers, this could have been better spent on:
🔹firefighting equipment
🔹computers for schools,
🔹fixing roads and potholes,
🔹etc.🙄

Changing people sentencing to lifetime should be and is unconstitutional also. It’s like you taking a plea deal for 10 years in prison robbery and you get 10 years. Then 5 into your sentence the state says we are changing the laws so we’re also changing your sentence so now you have to do 20 years. It’s the same shit they did when they changed the people’s plea deal to only register for a certain amount of time to lifetime. It’s not right.

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