Randy Shawn Hobbs, 42, of Millsap, Texas, was convicted by an Eastland County Jury on Tuesday in the 91st Judicial District Court for having committed the offense of Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear Felony – Repeat Felony Offender and was sentenced to 20 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division with a fine in the amount of $10,000 – the maximum punishment for this crime.
A person commits an offense if he is released from custody with or without bail, on condition that he subsequently appears and he intentionally or knowingly fails to appear in accordance with the terms of his release. The offense of bail jumping and failure to appear in a felony case carries a punishment range of not more than 10 years nor less than 2 years confinement in the TDCJ Institutional Division and a fine of up to $10,000. An offense can be enhanced to a second degree felony with a punishment range of 20 years nor less than 2 years confinement if it is proven that the defendant is a Repeat Felony Offender.
Hobbs had made bail on a felony charge of Theft, less than $2,500 with two prior convictions stemming from an offense that had occurred in the city of Eastland and was subsequently ordered by the court to appear on December 17, 2018, but failed to do so. An Eastland County Grand Jury returned an indictment for Bail Jumping – Fail to Appear Felony in January of 2019 and Hobbs was arrested on that warrant in March of 2019. The State, through its Assistant Criminal District Attorney Paul Lewallen presented evidence that Hobbs had received multiple notices to appear on his August court date. The “guilty” verdict was quickly returned by the jury after approximately twenty minutes of deliberation.
During the punishment phase of the trial, Criminal District Attorney Russ Thomason presented evidence of Hobb’s multiple prior criminal convictions in Texas over the past fifteen years, and the circumstances of the underlying Eastland theft case. Hobbs had elected to have the jury decide his punishment.
Assistant Criminal District Attorney Lewallen stated “Hobbs is a career criminal with a long history who made a mistake coming to Eastland County thinking it would be an easy mark. Mr. Thomason and I are very grateful to and proud of the jurors who listened to this case attentively and then sent a clear evidence based message through their verdicts that criminal actions in this county will be dealt with severely.
Judge Steven Herod presided over the trial and sentenced Hobbs who was represented by attorney Tommy Adams.