Jury chosen for Telford inmate accused of assaulting officer

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NEW BOSTON, Texas: Three men and nine women were chosen to serve as jurors Monday in the trial of a Barry Telford Unit inmate accused of assaulting a correctional officer in January.

Testimony in the trial of Bryan Austin White, 27, is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston before 102nd District Judge Bobby Lockhart. White is accused of striking Correctional Officer Kevin Squibb in the face Jan. 3. Squibb was allegedly knocked unconscious and required several stitches to his head.

The incident was allegedly recorded by prison surveillance cameras. White is under indictment for aggravated assault on a peace officer. The first-degree felony is punishable by five to 99 years or life. Because of White’s prior felony convictions, the minimum sentence has been increased to 15 years.

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White is currently serving two sentences of 25 years for aggravated robbery. He was sentenced Jan. 30, 2012, in Kaufman County, Texas, for the crimes which were committed Feb. 23, 2011, and July 16, 2011, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website.

TDCJ shows White will be eligible for parole April 6, 2024, and that his maximum sentence date is Oct. 6, 2036, for the aggravated robberies.

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