The Brazos County district attorney’s office announces criminal convictions in two jury trials held this week.
A Bryan man was found guilty of setting fire to a rental house east of Sue Haswell Park more than three years ago. A witness told fire investigators 49 year old Patrick Pitzer said the fire was set after commenting there were too many Mexicans living in the neighborhood. Pitzer denied pouring gasoline and motor oil and starting the fire at the vacant house on East 25th street. The jury sentenced Pitzer to ten years in prison. He asked the jury for probation.
Another jury was sent home after the prosecution presented its evidence. That’s because a Hearne man entered a plea agreement from crimes in May of last year. 30 year old Pedro Campos the third was sentenced to a total of 25 years for strangling his girlfriend and threatening her with a knife, and after his arrest calling his cousin from jail and telling him to dispose of a gun he had hidden in the backyard of the girlfriend’s house.