• May 4, 2016

Odessa American: Courts

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Jury sentences Burns to prison

Hanging his head and crying as his sentence was announced, former Permian High School teacher Jay Dee Burns was sentenced to prison time by an Ector County jury Wednesday evening after three hours of deliberation.

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UPDATE: Burns gets prison on improper relationship, sexual assault convictions

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Former Permian High School teacher Jay Dee Burns has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of four improper relationship between educator and student charges, 15 years in prison on each of three sexual assault of a child charges, 15 years prison o…

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Victims testify in Burns case

Two teenage girls took the witness stand Tuesday and said former Permian High School teacher Jay Dee Burns told them their lives would be ruined if they ever talked to other people about him and their sexual relationship.

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Burns pleads to 9 charges

Speaking in a whisper, former Permian High School teacher Jay Dee Burns quietly pleaded guilty to nine total counts Monday morning ranging from sexual assault of a child to stalking.

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BREAKING: Former Permian teacher Jay Dee Burns pleads guilty

UPDATE: Jay Dee Burns has pleaded guilty to all nine counts he was facing in Judge Denn Whalen's 70th District Court, including four counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student, three counts of sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child and stalking.

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Second church robbery suspect gets five years prison

The second suspect accused of taking a parishioner’s purse during a church service in 2014 was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday morning.

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Man pleads guilty to assault of a public servant

An Odessa man was sentenced to two years deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty to shoving, kicking and spitting blood at officers.

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Man sentenced to two years for threatening mother with knife

A 31-year-old Odessa man was sentenced to two years prison after he pleaded guilty to threatening his mother with a knife during an argument.

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Convicted murderer files federal complaint

Sentenced to 28 years in prison for murder, Carroll Franklin Carpenter has filed a complaint in federal court asking his convictions be dismissed, claiming the district attorney, judge and his own defense attorney worked against him.

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Church robber sentenced to 20 years

An Odessa man convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he stole a woman’s purse at Sherwood Baptist Church has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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