NEW BOSTON, TX -- A Bowie County jury deliberated less than half an hour before sentencing an inmate with a history of murder to life in prison for assaulting a Telford Unit correctional officer in November 2016.
The eight-woman, four-man jury rejected arguments from David Robert Steiner Jr.’s defense team that his attack on Officer Louis Jaralillo was “necessary.”
State Public Defenders Ndubisi Ogbodo and Caren Presley argued that Steiner was so terrified of being killed or raped in prison that he believed an attack on a correctional officer was the only way he could get a transfer out of Telford.
After the jury found Steiner guilty of assault of a public servant, aggravated assault of a public servant and possession of a deadly weapon in a penal institution, they heard additional testimony concerning Steiner’s past criminal history to help them determine punishment.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice Officer of Inspector General Investigator Michael Horn testified that the jury’s verdict Thursday brings Steiner’s felony conviction count to eight, under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards. At the time of the assault on Jaralillo, Steiner was serving two 30-year terms for murder and a 20-year term for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon concurrently. Horn said Steiner also has a previous conviction for cocaine possession.
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