Llano jailers plead guilty to charges
May 06, 2013, 9:00 pm by Staff
Two former Llano County jailers were allowed to plead guilty last week to misdemeanor charges related to the death of an inmate in August 2011 but will have to spend time behind bars and perform community service in a facility that deals with the mentally ilDonny Stewart and Scottie Bryan Scoggins entered the no-contest pleas before District Judge Dan Mills last Thursday.
On Aug. 6, 2011, jail officials found Shawn Appell’s body in a cell about 5:35 p.m. and an autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office determined he had died after continually banging his head against a wall.
Appell, 45, had been in custody since April 22, 2011, after being arrested by the Llano Police Department on a criminal mischief charge, officials said at the time.
Appell had once been accused of stalking former District Attorney Sam Oatman and because of that the District Attorney’s Office turned over the investigation into Appell’s death to state prosecutors.
Stewart and Scoggins faced second-degree felony charges of injury to child/elderly/disabled with serious bodily intent, but the state agreed to Class A misdemeanor charges.
If they had been convicted of the second-degree charges, the two men faced up to 20 years in prison.
For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander.
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