Prolific Burglar Sentenced to 40 Years for Organized Crime, LIVINGSTON, August 8, 2017 - John Lloyd Frazer, age 29 of Coldspring, was sentenced to forty years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division by District Judge Ernest L. McClendon following a punishment hearing held in the 258th District Court of Polk County on Monday afternoon. Frazer had previously pled guilty to the first degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and elected to be sentenced by the judge. The charge against Frazer stemmed from a series of residential burglaries and thefts in the area of FM 2665 near Goodrich last July. During the punishment hearing which was prosecuted by Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon, multiple victims testified that they had returned to their homes after having been away for work only to discover their homes ransacked and property stolen. Polk County Sheriff’s Detective Anthony Lowrie testified that following a vehicle stop near Goodrich on July 19th, a search was conducted of Frazer’s residence on Coy Dodson Road which revealed many items of property stolen during the various burglaries along with firearms, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Also arrested during the investigation were Melissa Van Winkle, age 33 of Goodrich and Dusty Craig Hanson, age 22 of Splendora. Additional firearms stolen in one of the burglaries were later recovered in Spring at the home of a family member of Van Winkle.
During the sentencing hearing, Hon presented the testimony of DPS Special Crimes Investigator Kevin Hunt who testified that Frazer was a confirmed member of the Aryan Circle white supremacist prison gang which was commonly involved in theft, burglary and drug distribution offenses in Southeast Texas. Photographs of Frazer’s numerous gang tattoos and gang related social media postings were admitted into evidence by the prosecutor for consideration by McClendon.
In urging the court to assess a forty year sentence, Hon argued that a lengthy sentence would be a just punishment for Frazer given the ongoing organized nature of his criminal activity which included a lengthy history of drug and property crimes. In addition, Hon implored the judge to “send a message that gang activity of the type engaged in by Frazer and his associates would not be welcome in Polk County and would be dealt with harshly.” Frazer remained expressionless in the courtroom as McClendon pronounced the sentence. Charges remain pending against Van Winkle and Hanson who remain incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.
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