My husband is serving a 15 year sentence in Texas on agg robbery...Is he to serve 50% of this sentence before being paroled? Or has that law changed or will be changing to 35% on an aggravated case? How soon will he come up for parole?
I certainly haven't heard about any new laws like that. And the reality is that's pretty unlikely to be true if you're hearing it now.
The Texas Legislature only meets every two years, and it does so in the odd-numbered years. So 2015 was the last legislative session, and they finished that up about a year ago. The vast majority of the new laws from that session went into effect 09/01/15, There were a few that went into effect earlier, and a few that went into effect later (I believe there may be some scheduled for January 1, 2017), but I truly don't remember hearing anything about changing that 50% rule. It's also not the first time I've heard rumors to that effect going around the prison population, and those rumors have never been based on anything but hope. Sorry, wish I had better news for you.
I believe you are referring to what in Texas is known as a "3g" offense. 3G offenses are a special category of felony offenses, listed in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure in Article 42.12 Section 3g, that are considered to be the most serious or violent and to which additional sentencing consequences apply.
So I think to answer this you will need to know if the judge made a 3G finding during the sentencing phase of your husbands case. Aggravated robbery is normally a 3G offense. A person that is convicted of a 3G offense and sent to prison must serve at least 1/2 of their sentence or 30 years, whichever is less.
Even if there was a law like that (and it will never happen during my lifetime), it would only apply to new cases.
And, I hate to tell you, your husband is VERY unlikely to get paroled when he first comes up for parole. It is much, much more likely that he'll serve 10-12 years or more. That's just based upon my experience in dealing with cases like this.
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