By LeaAnne Klentzman
Domestic problems and a criminal past lead to a long prison sentence for Lamarcus Christmas of Missouri City. On November 15, 2013, 434th District Court Judge James H. Shoemake sentenced Christmas, 34, after he was convicted in August for Tampering with a Witness, Retaliation and Violating Bond.
The cases all stemmed from a 2011 complaint filed by a woman with whom Christmas has a child. According to Assistant District Attorney Chad Bridges, Christmas was indicted for brandishing a knife at his child’s mother in September of 2011.
He was ordered not to have contact with her, however, she bonded him out of jail and then a month later accompanied him to the District Attorney’s Office to sign a non-prosecution document trying to dismiss all charges. Fast forward to February of 2012 – as the court preceding began Christmas sent text messages and called his child’s mother threatening her.
“The state provided photographs of those text messages to the jury during trial. The prosecution also admitted a letter Christmas sent the complainant admitting the threats he made over the phone and asking the complainant not to cooperate,” said Bridges.
Although the jury did not convict Christmas of the aggravated assault, they did find him guilty of Tampering with a Witness, Retaliation for reporting him to law enforcement. After reviewing the presenting investigation report, Christmas elected to have the Judge assess his punishment, said Bridges.
Based on the report and Christmas’ prior felony convictions the punishment range was increased to 25 to 99 years or life in prison for all charges. Judge James (Jim) H. Shoemake sentenced Christmas to 30 years, those sentences will run concurrently.