Pastor shoots pastor

The Victoria Advocate reports…

Mark Stewart, a Corpus Christi minister, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to aggravated assault for shooting lay pastor John Jackson in Cuero in May 2010.

On Tuesday, District Judge Pat Kelly sentenced Stewart to 10 years deferred adjudication probation, a $5,000 fine, court costs, restitution for medical bills and 90 days in the county jail.

A tampering with evidence charge against Stewart was dismissed.

Prosecutors from the DeWitt County District Attorney’s Office had asked that Stewart be sentenced to seven years in prison.

The defendant chose to plead guilty. There was no plea bargain and there was no jury, said DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard.

“The judge heard a lot of evidence and gave it serious consideration. We respect the judgment of the court,” said Sheppard.

Stewart could have received from two to 20 years in state prison for the second degree felony.

“It wasn’t the least punishment he could have received,” said Sheppard. “His probation period could have been longer. If he violates his probation during those 10 years, he is subject to being sent to jail.”

Kelly heard the evidence during lengthy hearing on April 13 that included 10 character witnesses for Stewart, said his defense attorney Scott Ellison, of Corpus Christi.

“There were extenuating circumstances,” Ellison said. “Mr. Jackson assaulted Mr. Stewart prior to being shot. It wasn’t self-defense under these circumstances, but there was a lot of mitigation.”

Sheppard acknowledged that evidence indicated Jackson punched Stewart before the preacher shot him.

Ellison said his client has no previous criminal record and is partially crippled.

“It was a contract dispute,” Ellison said, claiming that Jackson had taken more than $70,000 from Stewart for construction work that was never done.

Stewart had gone to Jackson’s Staerker Street home to discuss the situation when the violence erupted.

“The judge gave careful and appropriate consideration to the evidence,” Ellison said. “Justice dictated probation.”

Jackson was not pleased with the sentence.

“He lied on the witness stand and he’s a preacher,” said Jackson. “I can’t believe he got off so easy for trying to kill me. I’ve still got the bullet in me.

“That’s all you get for shooting a man in the back?” Jackson asked.

“It’s a slap in the face to the people of DeWitt County. To me in this county, if it’s black-on-black crime you don’t do no time……”



4 thoughts on “Pastor shoots pastor

  1. Actually, I know group sects isn’t doing this as a service…but, it’s actually pretty informative.
    Read a few weeks of this and lay Christians should realize that you have to be careful of who you trust. That just because someone is a Pastor, leader, famous ministry, or just a Christian who uses a lot of Bible verses doesn’t mean you should trust them with your money – or your kids.

    People should know that, but they don’t seem to. And of course there’s the lesson for anyone aspiring to leadership. Just because you become a preacher, and even get the respect of everyone, doesn’t mean your walk with God is going to be automatically taken care of.

    So, instead of getting angry, let’s clean up house.


  2. Roscoe, maybe it’s kind of like a normal news site. You don’t often pick up a newspaper and see a headline like “boy stands up for old lady on bus”.

    There are plenty of other Christian websites that talk about all the good testimonies.
    Maybe you can pray for all the people here. And most importantly, make sure you don’t do the same stuff.


  3. Hey Roscoe, if I don’t like something, I’m watching on TV, I don’t watch it. Just don’t read it mate.


  4. How does posting this story constitute constructive criticism of the Christian world? In an earlier comment I said that a lot of material posted on this blog seemed like mudslinging to make Christians look bad, and that’s what this story looks like to me.


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