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Galveston County District Attorney's Office
News Release
Friday, August 20, 2010

Indictment for Official Oppression

The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office presented evidence to the Grand Jury last week related to the investigation of alleged Official Oppression having been committed by an employee of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Jimmy Gillane.

The information related to the case was initially brought to the District Attorney’s office at the direction of Sheriff Freddie Poor, whose office had conducted an internal affairs investigation into the allegation.

The Grand Jury received the testimony of a number of witnesses, including members of the Sheriff’s Office that were involved in the investigation, Sheriff Freddie Poor, and the accused.

The Grand Jury true-billed the charge and an indictment was returned today alleging that the accused had committed Official Oppression by having used excessive force against the complainant, Jimmy Garner, Jr., after an arrest.

Official Oppression is a Class A Misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000.00 and can also include confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year.

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