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Weches man sentenced for assault on 14-year-old girl
Houston County Courier - June 2008

A North Dakota Man, formerly of Weches, was sentenced to 30 days in the Houston County Jail and 18 months probation on Wednesday, May 28 after pleading guilty to assaulting his stepdaughter.
Joe Don Hughes, Jr., 51, formerly of Grapeland, pleaded guilty to the class A misdemeanor assault-family violence in connection with an incident involving his then-14-year-old stepdaughter on Sept. 17, 2006.
The incident occurred at the family’s residence near the corner of C.R. 1200 and Hwy. 21 east in the Weches area.
Hughes was arrested at the scene
by Houston County Sheriff's Office Deputies Ryan Martin and Bo Gardner. 
According to a sheriff’s office report filed at the time, Hughes admitted to slapping his stepdaughter.
He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge in the 349th Judicial District Court of Judge Pam Foster Fletcher on May 19, and the punishment trial before the judge began that afternoon. 
The trial was continued on May 22 and concluded on Wednesday, May 28.
Hughes was represented in court by Crockett attorney Jody Griffith. 
At the conclusion of the trial, Griffith asked Judge Fletcher to place Hughes on deferred adjudication community supervision, a type of probation that, if successfully completely, does not result in a conviction.
Judge Fletcher denied that request, placed Hughes on “regular” probation for a period of 18 months, and ordered that he serve 30 days in the Houston County Jail as a condition of probation.
Judge Fletcher included in the court’s records a request that Hughes be required to serve “30 calendar days” while incarcerated in the county jail.




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