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Former cop sentenced to 15 years in prison
Polk County Enterprise - July 2008
LIVINGSTON — Jurors deliberated about an hour and a half Friday before sentencing Greg Bogany to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine for the aggravated kidnapping of Candace Robinson on Dec. 3, 2007. Jurors also handed down a 15- year sentence with $5,000 fi ne for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on the same day. The two prison terms will run concurrently, according to District Attorney Lee Hon. Under current state law, inmates convicted of violent offenses must actually serve one-half of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Bogany may also be able to further reduce the sentence by accumulating good time credit while in prison. He has been held without bond for six months, which will be applied to that sentence. As a former police offi cer, he will be separated from the general prison population. During closing arguments for the punishment phase of the trial, Hon told jurors one thing continued to disturb him about the ordeal. Hon showed a photograph of Bogany’s duty belt with an empty holster were his service pistol should have been. That empty holster showed Bogany’s intent to use deadly force in taking Robinson when she returned to her car, according Hon. Jurors delivered a guilty verdict Thursday afternoon after three days of testimony about the tumultuous relationship between Bogany and Robinson and the abduction from her workplace on Dec. 3.
Bogany hid in the trunk of Robinson’s car for several hours until Robinson left the store at about 3 p.m. for a 30-minute lunch break. As she drove toward her apartment in Porter, Bogany emerged from the trunk through the back seat and into the passenger’s seat of the moving car. The two fought and he prevented Robinson from jumping from the car. As they drove through residential areas of Porter, Robinson testifi ed that Bogany repeatedly threatened to kill her, any third parties who came to her aid and himself. Several hours later they arrived at the home of Malcolm Wyatt, husband of Bogany’s sister Nicole. Robinson said she was chased around the residence and fought to prevent Bogany from separating her from Wyatt. Wyatt was able to talk Bogany into surrendering a handgun and set of keys which he then hid in the house.
Bogany produced a second set of keys and drove away from the Wyatt home with Robinson. Bogany later took Robinson to his home on Mossycup in Livingston. Defense attorney Julia Howell argued that Robinson had ample opportunity to leave once other family members arrived at the home. She told jurors that the victim shared some responsibility for the incident since “he was driven to desperation by a woman who said one thing and did something else.” Howell repeatedly told jurors that Bogany saw his world crumbling because her application for a protective order had ended his law enforcement career and denied him access to his daughter. “You should not punish him for her errors in judgment,” Howell said. Howell also blamed law enforcement officers who were called in to investigate after Robinson was released.
The defense attorney faulted Robinson for not telling Bogany that she had sought the restraining order after she had been held at gunpoint for several hours in her apartment prior to the Dec. 3 abduction. “I don’t understand why taking legal actions and lying about it should not upset him,” Howell told jurors. “She deliberately misled him about the protective order.” Howell’s tactic in the final phase of the trial angered many courtroom observers. The defense contended investigators showed their anger in their testimony while Hon countered that the videotape of Bogany’s statement to Texas Ranger Ron Duff and Capt. Rickie Childers demonstrated his ability to look long-time friends in the eye and lie about what had happened. “He used his experience and connections in law enforcement to manipulate the investigation,” Hon said.
The punishment range for aggravated kidnapping is 5 to 99 years or life imprisonment with a fine of up to $10,000. After the jury was released, some members of the panel told Hon that they were concerned that forcing Bogany’s children to grow up without a father would further victimize them. The jury had also been instructed that if a preponderance of the evidence showed that the victim had been released voluntarily in a safe place, the range of punishment would be two to 20 years imprisonment.
That aspect of the case prompted defense attorney Julia Howell to call Sgt. Ronnie Bogany back to the stand for intense questioning about what took place at his brother’s home on Mossycup. She also asked Malcolm Wyatt, husband of Bogany’s sister Nicole, if he feared for his safety when Greg Bogany brought the victim to Wyatt’s house. Wyatt indicated he was not afraid that the incident was “all about Candace.”