Supreme Court nixes Milam inmate’s appeal

Nine-count felon said county couldn’t take trust account for fine

Jasper England didn’t think he should have to use personal jail account for nine fines. Jasper England didn’t think he should have to use personal jail account for nine fines. The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear the appeal of a Milam County man who was arrested for shooting his estranged wife and a Cameron man in 2011, among other offenses.

But Jasper Canady England, 42, wasn’t complaining about the sentences. He didn’t want to pay nine sets of court costs out of his inmates trust account.

Inmates trust accounts are essentially used as banks and contain money placed in accounts for their personal use.

England, through his attorneys, argued that while he agreed to a plea bargain, and accepted nine concurrent prison sentences, he should not have to pay nine separate court cost assessments from his inmates trust account.

The appeal hinged on a legal technicality. England maintained the court failed to consolidate all nine court cost assessments into one.

England, who was identified in the legal papers, as a “resident of the Texas Department of Corrections’ Terrell Unit in Rosharon, Texas,” maintained the plea agreement he signed covered only one order, which authorized the state to take up to 10 percent of his trust account fund to pay court costs on one conviction.

He said currently, with nine assessments against the account, up to 90 percent of his trust fund could be taken.

The Third Court of Appeals, however, upheld the actions of 20th District Court and denied England’s appeal.

On Friday the Texas Supreme Court decided it would not hear England’s appeal of the appellate court’s decision.

England was arrested Oct. 23, 2011, and charged with shooting his estranged wife in the head and a Cameron man in the shoulder and torso at her Cameron apartment.

Both were treated at Scott & White Hospital and released.

The search for the shooter led to locations in Robertson and Brazos counties before England surrendered in Cameron.

Just a week earlier, England was one of 21 suspected narcotics dealers arrested in a countywide drug sweep.

He posted $60,000 bond and was released prior to the shootings.

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