LIFE SENTENCE FOR HABITUAL FELON
Jefferson Andrew Lykins was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, March 14, 2013 in the 410th District Court for an October 1, 2002 evading arrest and detention charge. On Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at approximately 12:00 a.m., Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an aggravated assault call in New Caney and an attempt to locate the suspect who fled in a red Chevrolet pickup truck with his female companion. Deputy S. Degner observed the vehicle and suspect on FM 1485 just East of Pickering road. The suspect turned into the parking lot of “B’s Quick Stop and as Deputy Degner approached the vehicle the suspect fled at a high rate of speed.
Deputy Degner pursued the vehicle for approximately seven miles. The suspect’s speeds exceeded 90 miles per hour, his driving was erratic and he ultimately lost control of the vehicle while attempting to turn onto the North bound feeder of U.S. Highway 59. The truck rolled, and ejected his female passenger. The suspect and female passenger sustained injuries and were life flighted to Memorial Herman Hospital. The suspect and his passenger gave false names and dates of birth to the police at the crash scene. They later checked out of the hospital and fled the state.
Police later learned that the red Chevrolet pickup truck had been stolen just hours earlier when the suspect and his female companion demanded a ride from a man in Houston. The suspect stabbed the Houston man nine times when he wouldn’t give up his vehicle. The suspect proceeded to drive to New Caney in Montgomery County where he assaulted a woman with a knife in her home and then fled. The suspect was located in California approximately nine years later and was returned to Texas for outstanding warrants.
Prosecutor Liah Olson and Joel Daniels presented the case to the jury in the guilt and punishment phase of the trial. The defendant was a habitual felony offender based on eleven prior felony convictions and faced a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison. All of the defendant’s prior convictions were introduced during the punishment phase in addition to disciplinary records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Correctional Institutions Division and Montgomery County Jail records indicating that the defendant self-reported affiliation with the Texas Aryan Brotherhood gang for a period of 10 years. The jury sentenced the defendant to life in prison after hearing testimony from the Houston area stabbing victim. The defendant is currently serving a 25-year sentence in prison for the 2002 aggravated assault and Judge Reagan Clark granted the State’s motion to stack the sentence on top of parole revocation.