TEXAS: Life Sentence For Man Convicted In 2012 Deadly Attack On Teenage Lesbian Couple [VIDEO]

Corpus Christi’s NBC affiliate reports:

A San Patricio County jury has returned a guilty verdict against David Strickland for the 2012 shootings that killed Mollie Olgin and critically wounded Kristene Chapa. Prosecutors were not pursuing the death penalty, therefore the defendant was given an automatic life sentence.

Following the verdict, Kristene Chapa spoke to KRIS 6 News. “I was very shocked at first. I didn’t know what to expect exactly, I was hoping that they (the jury) would see all the evidence that we had and they would go our way. (It was) very emotional.. I wanted to just burst out in tears,” said Chapa.

She told reporter Caroline Flores that she’ll always carry the mental and physical scars of the attack and suffer from the loss of her girlfriend, Mollie. Megan Olgin, Mollie’s sister, said, “She was only 19. She didn’t get to live her life. He took that away from her.” Olgin went on to say, “I’m just happy that it’s finally over. The jury saw the evidence and now finally there’s justice. It doesn’t bring her back. But at least he can pay for what he did.”

Mollie and Kristene were approached by a masked man in the middle of the night in June 2012. He ordered Kristene to place duct tape over her girlfriend’s eyes, then did the same to her, before sexually assaulting both, and shooting them in the head. It was hours later when a couple out for a birdwatching trip found the couple. Mollie Olgin could not be saved, but Kristene underwent years of intense therapy to get back to where she is now.

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In the last two years, Kristene has regained the abilities to move the left side of her body, to sit, and to stand. She continues to undergo physical rehabilitation. At the time of the attack, Kristene was without health insurance. Now in her early 20s, she is only covered by Medicaid, which does not provide for the high quality, ongoing rehabilitation she needs to thrive. Her family is struggling to pay for her rehabilitation out of pocket.

Although she has regained the ability to move the left side of her body, sit, and stand, she experiences continued limitations with her hand, among other areas. You can donate to her medical fund to aid the financially draining therapies, which the Chapa family largely covers out of pocket.

Kris, who is now enrolled in college, is working with a writer on a book to tell her story. Kris has also been a visible advocate, sharing her story in the hopes of helping others find comfort and support. Over the summer, she spoke at a #WeAreOrlando vigil in Corpus Christ to honor the victims who lost their lives in an attack of historic proportions at Orlando’s Pulse club.

  • Do Something Nice

    I hope this man is tortured each and every day of his life sentence. What a despicable piece of shit.

    And I hope that Kris continues to heal and that she never has to face any other challenges, ever.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This case still makes me cry. I am so glad this subhuman piece of shit will rot in a cell for the rest of his miserable, worthless life.

    Stay Strong Kris! RIP Mollie.

    • tristram

      Is there an online fund to help with Kristene’s expenses? That’s one I could really support.

      • JoeMyGod
        • Gigi

          Thanks, Joe!!

      • Rebecca Gardner
        • Rebecca Gardner

          Opps. Joe beat me to it. 🙂

          • Gigi

            This GoFundMe page has been up for 29 months yet it’s only $42,941 of their $80,000 goal. Haters raised $842,387 in just TWO DAYS. That’s messed up.

          • Paul

            Perhaps some of those NALT types could put their money where their mouths are.

      • William

        I don’t understand why she isn’t on Medicare by now.

        • MaryOGrady

          This is Texas we are talking about. Texas’s loathsome Republican junta refused to expand Medicaid and to set up a state exchange under the Affordable Care Act. It does not surprise me that this brave young woman and her family are getting no help with the cost of her care.

  • ColdCountry

    In Texas! There is justice after all.

    • Paula

      I have found that in Texas when a jury finds some guilty, they are definitely not afraid to send them away for a long time. Especially, in situations like this.

      • Gustav2

        40 years before he is eligible for parole.

    • MaryOGrady

      Rural Texas, yet.
      There is progress.

  • BeaverTales

    Horrifying that human beings can be so cruel to each other for no good reason.

    • Circ09

      Not human beings. 9 times out of 10 it is men behaving in such a monstrous way.

      • ShawnSwagger

        This is true for most crimes that involve physical violence: rapes, assaults, stabbings, shootings, breaking-and-entering, etc. However, most poisoners are women. Women are also the majority of those who commit identity theft, prescription forgery and shoplifting. I have had a theory for a long time that men commit violent, no-impulse-control crimes whereas women commit sneaky crimes.

      • Robincho

        “men”…

      • Matthew Delemos

        It takes religion to be monster, not gender. And keep in mind, men have seized control from women for eons, including control of their own bodies. It’s folly to paint men as the aggressors when they have historically, had all the power, and thus will always be blamed for abusing it. We need equality, not more arguments about who handles power worse (both do, actually).

  • SunsetGay

    Oftentimes, events like these make me question my stance on the death penalty. This is especially when it happens to one of our own.

    However, I believe the justice system acted properly in this instance. This man deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his miserable life. When Donald Trump started saying “I’m going to kill the families of terrorists” and made clear that he wants to kill innocent people, I suddenly couldn’t get myself on that level of vengeance. Not anymore.

    This country needs less death, but more justice. I hope this serves as a warning to all potential hate criminals out there that if you kill one of us, you will die alone in a jail cell.

    • Snarkaholic

      I think creeps like this should be forced to do 12 hours of hard labor…every single day. At the very least, it can help defray the costs of us feeding and housing them.

      • Goodboy

        Ah the old prison chain gang style.

      • MaryOGrady

        Texas prisons are like that.

    • Nic Peterson

      Well put, Sunset.

  • Silver Badger

    Why were prosecutors not pursuing the death penalty? This man has already wasted too much oxygen.

    • David L. Caster

      Ther higher bar might make it harder to get a conviction.

    • Dramphooey

      I’m not sure I agree with the death penalty as a punishment. Still, this is Texas and I thought they always gave it here.

    • Herald

      Harder to get a conviction and all those appeals for years afterwards.
      Also this way it is over and she can get on with her life.

    • jmax

      I don’t know about Texas, but in Kansas the guilty verdict and sentencing must be unanimous in a jury trial to send someone to death row. So it would only take one juror who didn’t believe in the death penalty to throw the sentencing back to the court and the discretion of the judge who can impose any sentence he wishes. It’s a big risk to take.

    • Adam King

      White middle-class guy. Texas.

    • MaryOGrady

      Death penalty trials cost over a million dollars up front, what with more complex and prolonged jury selection, more pre-trial motions, etc.. All that money is paid by the county in Texas and win or lose, it’s gone once the trial is over. San Patricio is a rural, poor county. Many similar counties in Texas have an unofficial rule that they will never ask for a death penalty because they simply cannot afford it. This is one more reason why the death penalty is capriciously applied in this country: commit a string of atrocities in a well-chosen, i.e. poverty-stricken, venue, and there is no need to worry about facing the needle

      • McSwagg

        Harris County (i.e. Houston) hands down the most death penalties by a wide, wide margin.

  • nocadrummer

    Yeah, but the “Christian” Governor Greg Abbott will probably commute his conviction to 2 weeks.

  • Ninja0980

    Glad to see this POS pay for what he did to this beautiful couple.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I remember this like yesterday. So very glad for justice for them.

    OT: I was enjoying a peaceful night in the backyard with a fire when my neighbor stumbled over with a jug of wine. She brought up the election and said she has no clue who to vote for. However she did watch the debate with
    that ” Bryant Gumble “guy moderating.

    Uughhhhhhhhh

    • Rex

      They all look alike.
      News Anchors, that is.

      • Gustav2

        Speaking of newsers:

        Well, well, well. Maybe CNN should take notes. MSNBC’s ratings are off the charts, in some segments bringing in more viewers than ever in the network’s 20-year history. TVNewser highlights both The Rachel Maddow Show and AMJoy as leaders in the network’s ratings victories.

        Airing on the weekends from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., AM Joy delivered the time period’s biggest total viewer audience since the 1st quarter of 2003 and biggest A25-54 audience since Q4 2012.

        http://crooksandliars.com/2016/09/big-news-joy-reid-brings-great-ratings

        • Lazycrockett

          Am Joy has been trending on twitter every saturday and sunday morning the show is on. The Young’ins enJOY.

          • Gustav2

            And Black Twitter is a huge thing.

          • Lazycrockett

            I bet he is.

          • John30013

            I read it as “hung thing”…

          • EweTaw

            Black Twitter matters!

        • teeveedub

          Very telling, that the folks who tell the truth and who substantiate their opinions with facts are also the ones with the best ratings.

    • Robincho

      I’d kiss the ground you walk on, if only you lived in a better neighborhood…

    • ShawnSwagger

      Ha! This just happened to me a few minutes ago. I’m out one of my patio reading JMG and one of my neighbors, who has never mentioned anything political to me before, walks by, stops and says, “Did you watch the debates?”
      I said, “Yes. In bits and pieces, not all at once.”
      “He’s…… he’s….. he’s…. I just feel like, if somehow he did manage to win, the CIA would take him out. That makes me feel better.”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    News Anchor : ” The families of BOTH victims are ready to put this behind them ” WHAT the FUCK ???!!

    • WillMoor

      ???

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I was trying to walk and chew gum at the same time……

        • jmax

          Fortunately no one else was injured 🙂

    • Sam_Handwich

      families of Mollie Olgin and Kristene Chapa

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Oh. Duh. Nevermind then…….

  • SoCalVet

    As happened with Jeffrey Dhamer, some other criminal will probably beat him to within an inch of his life in prison.

    • IamM

      As much as he deserves it, I don’t approve of execution by inmate. If we as a society are going to kill someone we need to do it ourselves and take responsibility for it. And prisons are not supposed to be dogfighting pits or torture chambers.

      • SoCalVet

        I don’t approve of any kind of prison rape or killing. I’m just noting what will probably happen to the scum.

      • Steve Teeter

        I suppose you’re right. We who live on the outside protect ourselves in so many ways, from driving carefully to not falling for credit card scams to just keeping the door locked at night. We are responsible for our safety. But if you’re thrown into prison, the state takes responsibility for you. For your housing and your food and your clothes. But protecting yourself from rape or murder seems to be your own lookout. This is wrong.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Why would the father/family of the man who did this think he would be found not guilty? Why did it take so long to get to this point? I remember when this happened. It made me sick.
    I hope this girl is able to move forward and finds someone to love, who will love her.

  • JustSayin’

    If strickland had been brown or black the DA would gave gone for the death penalty. If they had not been lesbians the same thing applies.

  • Gigi

    Despite the fact that we hear stories like this far too often, I still can’t believe that there are people so hateful in this world. And I can’t imagine losing my husband in such a horrific way. I’m in tears writing this. My heart aches.

  • Matthew Delemos

    Awful stuff, I’m glad he’ll rot in prison, and I hope his stay is uncomfortable.

    • William

      Texas prisons aren’t air conditioned, so there is that.

      • BrianQTD

        WOW. Texas heat and no AC? I’d beg for the death penalty and not appeal.

        • MaryOGrady

          Crazy George Lott did just that. He was a (white) lawyer who did not like the way his divorce and child custody case was going. In 1992, he shot up the Tarrant County Courthouse killing two lawyers and wounding two judges, none of whom had the least bit to do with his case. Lott represented himself at his capital trial, was sentenced to death, and refused to cooperate in his two mandatory appeals. He was executed in record time, as these things go.

  • leastyebejudged

    This is absolutely horrific, made all the more dreadful by the profound shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act.

    Let’s get Hillary in and hold her feet to the fire to finish what Obama started.