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Man Sentenced to Maximum Punishment of 20 Years in Prison for January 2018 Shooting at Gay Family Auto Dealership
News Release
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

GALVESTON – On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, a Friendswood man, Joshua Allen Lee, was sentenced by the 405th District Court for a shooting that occurred on January 12, 2018 at Gay Family Auto Dealership in Dickinson, Texas. The defendant pled guilty on July 10, 2018 to the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon and elected to have Judge Michelle Slaughter determine his punishment.   The defendant faced a range of punishment of a minimum 2 years in prison to a maximum of 20 years or probation.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, Dickinson Police department responded to a “shots fired” call at Gay Family Auto Dealership located on Interstate 45 in Dickinson, Texas.  The caller told police that a disgruntled employee shot the Body Shop manager after a dispute over a paycheck. Officers from the Dickinson Police Department rushed to the scene, because the 911 caller reported that the defendant was attempting to flee with a weapon in a gold car. EMS immediately responded and rushed the victim to Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster for emergency surgery. Doctors testified that the victim arrived at the hospital in extremely critical condition. The emergency room doctors could not determine the number of times the victim was shot, but noted that the victim had a combination of thirteen entry and exit holes – any of which were life threatening.

Police learned the defendant, an employee of the dealership, entered the body shop and went to the office to speak with the manager. The victim told the court that the defendant demanded his paycheck early to which victim responded he would have the check cut and would make it available to pick up later in the day. This made the defendant irate – he pulled out a gun and began firing striking the victim multiple times. The victim’s wife testified and explained the emotional and financial hardship suffered by their family as a direct result of the defendant’s actions.

At the conclusion of the punishment phase, Chief Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole argued that the defendant showed a total lack of regard for human life, because such a minor disagreement led to such an extreme act of violence. Chief ADA Poole argued that the defendant had a high chance of reoffending, and that the victim would continue to be victimized every day the life altering injuries he sustained. The victim told  the court that he has had to have multiple surgeries to repair the damage caused by the gunshot wounds, and will have to have additional surgeries in the foreseeable future.  ADA Poole argued the only way this crime could be more serious is if the defendant had killed his intended victim and should receive the maximum punishment allowed under Texas law. At the conclusion of the punishment phase of trial, the judge sentenced the defendant to the maximum allowed punishment of 20 years in prison. Sentencing was held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in the 405th District Court. The defendant will be eligible for parole after he serves one-half of his sentence in prison.

Lee was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole in the 405th District Court, with Judge Michelle Slaughter presiding. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the City of Dickinson Police Department, the League City Police Department, and Clear Lake Regional Hospital - Webster, for their excellent work, the life-saving actions taken, and investigation conducted in this case.

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