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By MELODY MCDONALD
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

FORT WORTH -- A teenager who was sent to the Texas Youth Commission last year for forcing his grandmother to write a suicide note and then shooting her in the back of the head will soon be transferred to an adult prison, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Jacob Cobb, now 18, will finish serving his time there because he repeatedly engaged in disruptive behavior and assaults while in the juvenile prison system, state District Judge Jean Boyd ruled.

"I'm very sorry you did not make progress while you were there," Boyd told Cobb, who nodded. "It was my hope you would be able to turn your life around."

In May 2006, Boyd sentenced Cobb to the maximum 40 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of delinquent conduct/murder in the July 6, 2005, death of 57-year-old Kris Lee.

According to trial testimony, Cobb, furious because he believed his grandmother threw away his budding marijuana plant, forced Lee to write a suicide note and then beat and pistol-whipped her before shooting her inside her Lake Worth home.

Because he was 16 at the time of the offense and was not certified to stand trial as an adult, Cobb was sent to the TYC, the state's penal system for juveniles.

After being evaluated, he was sent to the Giddings State School, a high-restriction facility for serious violent offenders between Austin and Houston.

At the time Cobb was sentenced, he was required to serve a minimum of three years before he was eligible for parole. However, TYC officials had three choices depending on how Cobb responded to rehabilitation programs: They could keep Cobb the entire three years, ask Boyd to release him early on parole, or ask her to transfer Cobb to an adult prison before the three years were up.

After just one year and six months, TYC officials recommended that Cobb be transferred into the adult prison system.

During a three-hour hearing on Tuesday, Boyd heard dozens of examples of Cobb's misconduct, including assaults, threats, cursing and disruptive behavior.

During his closing argument, defense attorney Edwin Youngblood asked the judge to consider sending Cobb back to Giddings.

Cobb has done well academically, including earning his general equivalency diploma, and his behavior has been up and down, Youngblood said.

Many of Cobb's infractions were rather trivial, including having an orange in his dorm, meowing like a cat and crawling on the floor to scare another youth, Youngblood said.

"With regard to the assaults, there are only two with physical contact; the others are threats," Youngblood said.

Youngblood suggested that many other teens have exhibited worse behavior and have not been transferred to adult prison.

He said that part of the reason TYC officials recommended the transfer was that Cobb refused to admit his crime. Youngblood suggested that Cobb would not do that because his case was on appeal.

Recently, Youngblood said, the verdict was upheld, so Cobb no longer has to concern himself with that.

"I would urge you to allow him to go back to TYC since the appeal is over and finish the program he has started," Youngblood said.

In his final summation, prosecutor Riley Shaw reminded the judge that Cobb killed his own grandmother and that he has been given plenty of chances to straighten out. Cobb has been cited 39 times for disrupting the program at Giddings, five times for assault and seven time for being a danger to others, Shaw said.

"I think it is quite apparent that, if he goes back to TYC, his behavior is unlikely to change," Riley said. "It's in the best interest of the respondent that he be transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the remainder of his sentence."

After about a 30-minute recess, Boyd agreed with prosecutors and TYC officials. After the hearing, Youngblood said that Cobb plans to appeal.

Under adult parole rules, Cobb must serve at least 20 years of his 40-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Cobb's mother, Dawn Cobb, who was crying, declined to comment after the hearing.

Lee's mother and Cobb's great-grandmother, Virginia Haniwalt, was also crying, but for a different reason. She said she was relieved that Cobb will not be walking the streets anytime soon.

"If he got out, I would be afraid for my life," Haniwalt said. "I think he is a very vengeful person, and I think he would kill again if he got out. He has no remorse, no remorse whatsoever. He has no feelings."

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Posted on Wed, Nov. 21, 2007

 
chris799351
chris799351

I think a couple of years in a adult system will do him some good. Make a mistake out here, and continue to do the same think locked up not good. In the adult system he will be treated like he treats others. Good luck to him and i hope he finds some kind of higher power to help him. and i hope he finds a pp that will help him thru his hard times and gives him whatever attention he needs. Good luck
chris

 
SkyRocket
SkyRocket

I was locked at in giddings with him...i even had a fight with him. I think i was the first person he had a fight with while he was at giddings...But this how it started he was my bunk mate meaning he's bed was right next to mines...i knew he killed his granny we use to talk about it at night...he felt sorry somedays and somedays he would act totally different!!! Like really different. But any how, one day i had a visit...and our clothes had just came back to us....i left mines on my bed...and i had walk to the restroom...a pree of mines came and told me that Jacob's throw my clothes on the floor...i didnt think it wss true at first, but when i looked around the corner of ghe restroom wall i seen him sitting on the foot of his bed, smiling...and my clothes on the floor...i really wanted to see my family so i said to myself when i come back from my visit I'm going to beat his a**. So i walk to my bed ask him.if he throw my clothes on the floor...i cant remember what he said but i think he just smiled or he said yes I'm not sure!!...so i said okay bet... i turned around to pick up my clothes..and when i turned back around i was thats when i was struck in the face. I fell on my bed, jumped right back up from the suprising blow that he throw punched him in his noise like two or three times...throw him against the wall and continued to beat his a** then we went to security...for a few days when we came back he tried to talk it out...i listen for a little bit but after that i was like okay try that shit now that im looking.... but you know things happen but i know that won't bring his granny back but i did what i could i hope it made her smile!!!

 
SkyRocket
SkyRocket

Hi...Mrs. melody...do you remember me...last name stewart...from 2007 i was on dorm 10b at that time

 
Sergio Randall
Sergio Randall

Every person and individual have good and bad thoughts, but the reality is that some of us overcome it and others are not due to the lack of mental health and education in childhood. A good education would be less problematic in adults. Every person needs to go to a clinical place. for your personal review as well as children, youth and adults. Bad thoughts can be treated at an early age and can be guided to a straight path. But sometimes others do not get over it and do not have performance and awareness when doing so. Mental health is recommended for those people who want to be good people.