Nickason Receives 25 Years In Hate Crime Trial

November 29, 2012

Midland County District Attorney's Office Press Release:

The trial of the State of Texas v. Drew Anthony Nickason began on Monday November 26, 2012. the defendant was charged with the second degree felony offense of Aggravated assault with a Deadly Weapon alleged to have been committed on December 28, 2011 in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings.

It was then alleged in the indictment that the offense was committed based on racial bias or prejudice, which enhanced the range of punishment it to a first degree felony offense. The jury found the defendant guilty of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and found beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally selected his victim because of a bias or prejudice against the victim's race after 2.5 hours of deliberation on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

The punishment range was enhanced further by the allegation of prior conviction, for the same offence of Aggravated Robbery. The defendant pled True to the prior conviction, making the applicable range of punishment 15 years to 99 years or life. the honorable Judge Rodney Satterwhite sentenced the defendant to 25 years confinement in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Thursday, November 29, 2012 after the punishment evidence was presented.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Patterson and First Assistant District Attorney Laura Nodolf and defended by Mark Dettman.