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Prison Guard not guilty of threatening her boss by Don Maines

A former prison guard was found not guilty of threatening her sergeant with physical violence.

Lillian Madison, 27, of Humble was accussed of retaliation, a third degree felony for the incident that allegedly occurred last July 24 at the Texas Department of Corrections’ Central Unit in Sugar Land.
Sgt. Martin Lopez complained to internal affairs that Madison allegedly threatened him. TDCj officers arrested her and she was held in county jail until she made bail of $5,000. She allegedly said “I hope you wear your bullet proof vest everyday, because if not, I’m going to get you’re a–.”

A Fort Bend County grand jury indicted Madison last Aug 14.

A jury in the 240th District Court took about half an hour to find Madison not guilty.

Her attorney, Don A. Hecker, got out of bed with the flu to defend Madison. “I felt very, very strongly about this,” he said. “The jury felt just like we did. The didn’t believer she said it.”

“We were able to show, in fact, there was an investigation, and in that investigation (the defendant) failed to participate against another officer.” said Hecker.
“The she was investigated, too. For allegedly breaking employment rules,” he said. “But it was in retaliation, which ironically is what she was charged with.”
“We called a guard who is still at TDC who testified to the facts that pretty much showed she didn’t threaten Mr. Lopez.”
Madison has suffered financially, “I don’t know how much,” Hecker said.
“First of all the pressure was so intense that she resigned and took a job at Chick-Fil-A for much, much lower pay,” he said. “She had to make bail. She had to pay me.”
Judge Gerald Goodwin, visitin gfrom the 159th District Court in Lufkin, presided over the two-day trial since 240th District Judge Thomas Culver was busy with voir dire jury selection for an upcoming capital murder trial.

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