A Boerne man convicted of stabbing a Black Church’s Hen worker in 2019 was sentenced to 45 years in jail Tuesday, based on the Kendall County Prison District Legal professional’s Workplace.
James Kemp, 30, acquired his sentence about two months after 451st District Court docket Choose Kirsten Cohoon discovered him responsible of aggravated battery with a lethal weapon and retaliation. The decide additionally decided that the assault was motivated by Kemp’s racial bias. With that discovering, prosecutors sought larger punishment for Kemp.
The defendant was arrested on January 5, 2019, after the supervisor, Ferrill Miller, requested him to go away, based on a press launch. Kemp known as Miller, who’s black, a racial slur earlier than slashing his face with a knife. The reduce required 16 factors.
Kemp repeated the identical racial slurs when officers arrested him earlier than he threatened to hurt them and their household, based on the press launch.
Though Kemp had a historical past of psychological sickness, prosecutors additionally discovered that Kemp had an in depth felony historical past that included one other aggravated assault conviction in Arizona.
“Kemp has been a risk to the residents of Kendall County for years, and plenty of different counties earlier than that,” stated Erica Matlock, assistant felony district legal professional. “Whereas we acknowledge the necessity for compassion and psychological well being remedy, we won’t tolerate it as an excuse for violence towards our residents or our legislation enforcement companies.”
Kemp remained within the Kendall County Jail by Thursday, information confirmed, whereas he waited to be transferred to jail.
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