County Attorney, Ashley Cain Land, announces that on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, a Chambers County Jury returned a “guilty” verdict in a Theft of Property case against Jewell T. English IV. Mr. English was accused of the Class A Misdemeanor, to which he pled “not guilty”. Assistant County Attorney Charley Neill successfully prosecuted the theft case for the State.
The facts at trial showed that on October 23, 2018, complainant Joseph Martin was approached by Mr. English, his neighbor, who offered to repair a boat Mr. Martin was looking to sell. Mr. English took the boat to make the repairs but failed to ever return it, despite multiple demands by Mr. Martin. At the time of the trial, Mr. Martin had not seen his boat for over three years.
Detective Donald Webster testified about his investigation which revealed evidence indicating a theft had been committed. Mr. English took the stand to testify on his own behalf but offered no evidence to explain or defend his actions. Mr. English also admitted that he has been previously convicted of other theft offenses.
The jurors considered the arguments, and within 15 minutes, rendered a guilty verdict.
Commenting after the verdict, Mrs. Cain Land stated, “Chambers County jurors serve as the conscience of our community. I am so thankful to the jurors in this case for upholding the law and sending a message that Chambers County will not tolerate theft.”
Mr. English was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, assessed a $500 fine plus court costs, 24 hours of community service, and $1,500 restitution to Mr. Martin.