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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 20332 S 0 W E S T 11 1 G R 0 P U B T S H I N G 2B27 E HERALDZEITONU 126 24 pages in 2 sections May 1999 FRIDAY Serving Gomat County since 1852 50 cents Jury finds Layman gives him 99year sentence BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A prison inmate will likely spend the rest of his life in jail after a Comal County jury sentenced him Thursday for encour aging his wife to commit sexual acts with her 11yearold The twoman jury found Richard Warren guilty of inde cency with a child by contact and The jury sentenced him to 99 years in prison for the indecency by contact and 20 years in prison for the indecency by exposure Layman also will have to pay a fine for each which is the maximum The jury decided Layman aided and directed his wifes sexual molestation of her son through letters and phone conversations while serving time at the Garza Unit of the Texas Depart ment of Criminal Justice center in The abuse occurred in March and April Layman was arrested for a parole viola tion in September The jury also used evidence of a previous conviction to enhance Laymans second degree indecency by contact charge to a firstdegree the third degree exposure charge was enhanced to a seconddegree Layman originally was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in Bra zos County in The victim in that case was Laymans 12year old step who became pregnant with his Laymans wife pleaded guilty to inde cency with a child by exposure in October She is serving a fiveyear sentence at a state correctional facility in Gatesville but is hi custody at the Comal County Layman has six including one son by his current wife before her arrest in The 11yearold is not Laymans bio logical During the punishment Layman testified the sexual fantasies in his letters to his wife were their dirty little secrets and should have been kept Everybody has Im sure everyone on the jury has dirty little he told the Layman said both he and his wife were abused as He also said he had spent the past 10 years in the prison system and it had no rehabilitative Under questioning by criminal district attorney Dib Layman said he apol ogized for asking the juvenile to take porno graphic pictures of his mother and said it never should have During closing defense attor ney Randy Gray of New Braunfels said the defendant was immoral and disgust ing but could not be convicted for crimes committed by another You cant convict someone for asking or You dont have to like him or agree with but you need to apply the same rights that are held to to he The partys over ROBIN A Polaroid photo of the house at 1875 Katy shows the amount of damage it received from area New Braunfels city officials had the abandoned building demolished on Thursday and said it sent a message that gang activity would not be City tears down abandoned takes stand on gang activity BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Braunfels city officials said the demo lition of an abandoned house Thursday on Katy Street should send a message that New Braimtels will not tolerate gang Beer cans and cartons lined the outside of the dilapidated home at 1825 Katy Graffiti covered an outside wall and the trunk of a tree in the The police department found a small bag of cocaine there on March said Don assistant to the city Three bullet holes drilled into a nextdoor neighbors home offered more evidence of suspicious We hope this demolition will send a strong signal that we wont tolerate Ferguson District 1 city councilman Juan Luis Mar who represents the neighborhoods around the said the city would be look ing into tearing down other abandoned homes as Not only are these buildings Mar tinez but they can attract Mayor Stoney Williams said he encouraged neighbors to call the city at 6082100 and report abandoned Neighbors calls first prompted the city to look into tearing down the which had been abandoned since a fire ripped through it five years Martinez said he received several phone calls from neighbors about loud parties at Ferguson As a result of its it became a One neighbor who asked not to be named said she hadnt noticed anything suspicious at the It doesnt bother she admitting she was only home to eat and The neighbor said she hadnt even noticed the See Music jam will benefit Little League BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Fans of Texas music can get a sample of the states best during the third annual Americana Music Jam on KNBT FM Radio New which brings the sounds of South Central Texas to local is sponsoring the event with a lineup of the biggest upandcomers on the Texas music The music will start at at Gruene Music 1281 Gruene and contin ue well into the Tickets cost For off find the coupon with todays ad on page Proceeds from this years Music which celebrates the stations anniversary of its Americana will benefit the New Braunfels Little Our goal is to make a dif ferent charity in the community a benefactor each depend ing on individual needs at the said Fred the stations general The Little Leagues new fields on Loop 337 received extensive damage during the 1998 We felt that the Little League was down on the priority list and had just started construc so all the work theyd done was he Last the Music Jam raised nearly which was split evenly between the Comal County Senior Citizen Center and Communities in Artists performing this year include a mix of Texasborn tal from Ray Wylie known for his Texasoutlaw anthem Up Against the Wall JAMMIN WHAT Third annual Americana Music Jam WHEN Sun day WHERE Gruene Music 1281 Gruene Road WHY Proceeds will bene fit the New Braunfels Little League HOW MUCH Admission is A coupon for off is on page Redneck to San Mar cos crooner Terri Clay who celebrated his 20th anniversary of per forming at Gruene Hall in will take the stage at Local performer Bret Graham will perform at San Antonio artist Rosie Flores will perform at and Hen drix will follow at Bandera native Bruce Robi son will take the stage at 3 followed by Shaver Billy Joe Shaver and son Eddy at At Hubbard will with Chris Knight at The Derailers will take the stage at 6 followed by Slaid Cleaves at Jim my LaFave at and Graham at 8 Dallasbased artist Jack Ingram will wrap up the show at The radio station has featured an Americana Music format for three after a movement by Gavin Radio Americana has risen to national popularity as many artists have been featured on Country Music Television CISD asks its communities for help in keeping schools away from crime BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY About 75 par ents and school faculty met Thursday night to strategize ways to improve communication as the best protection against violence in Concerned parents and school administra tors gathered at the Guadalupe Valley Tele phone Cooperative to discuss present and future methods to keep students on Comal Independent School District campuses The informational meeting was sponsored by CISD officials in reaction to the deaths of 15 people last month at a Colorado high school and similar violent acts on campuses throughout the Superintendent Jerry Major said commu nity involvement was the real key to pre venting violence in We need to do a better job of talking and listening to our All the kids in CISD are good but some of them make bad choic he It is our responsibility to reach See INSIDE Key code 76 Doctors are in McKenna Memorial Hospital registration clerk Dolly uses the telephone during an open house Residents were invited to tour the hospitals ROBIN HeraldZeitung
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