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Charges against Burnett dropped

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Bail jumping and failure to appear charges against former Ferris City Councilman Victor Burnett have been dropped.

Misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon against Burnett were also dismissed.

Burnett had been charged with bail jumping and failure to appear when he did not show up for a court date in Judge Gene Knize's 40th District Court on March 20.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin that day in Burnett's tampering with a government record trial where he was accused of using an invalid inspection sticker on his vehicle.

Dallas County Jail records show on March 20, Burnett was serving a work-release jail term at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center.

Burnett said he was not authorized by Dallas County officials to travel to Ellis County that day for court, because he was only able to leave the facility from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday to go directly to work and back.

Ellis County District Attorney Joe Grubbs said the charges were dropped since officials felt Burnett had already been punished enough after a jury in July sentenced him to seven years in prison for tampering with an inspection sticker.

Burnett's attorney Cindy Ermatinger filed an appeal with the 10th Court of Appeals in Waco in mid-August. .

On Aug. 17 she requested a new trial on her client's behalf, but Knize denied the request.

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