PoliceOne Staff Report
(HOUSTON) – The son of Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas made an initial appearance today on one count of deadly conduct in connection with the Oct. 27 accidental shooting of friend at the sheriff's home.
Brent Grady Thomas, 20, was arraigned today before County Criminal Court-at-Law Judge Reagan Helm, Assistant District Attorney Lyn McClellan told PoliceOne.com.
Judge Helm set Dec. 13 for the next hearing in the case for which the defendant has automatically entered a plea of not guilty. Conviction on the charge carries a maximum sentence upon conviction, of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, according to Katy Police Chief R.L. Frazier.
Shooting victim, Cody Thomas -- who is no relation to Brant Grady Thomas -- was shot accidentally during a party. He was treated and released after the accident, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The sheriff was not at home when the shooting occurred.
Yesterday the sheriff issued a statement, his first since the incident, saying that he supports his son but will have no involvement or comment on the case as it progresses through the system.
"I have spent more than 30 years of my life working within a system in which I have absolute trust, and my belief in the fundamental fairness of the criminal-justice system remains unequivocal," he told the newspaper.