Moss Hill man convicted on three felony charges; sentencing hearing set for Sept. 9

Christopher Cassity, 35, of Moss Hill, was tried and convicted last week in the 75th State District Court on three felony charges.

According to a statement from Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett, the charges stem from a Jan. 8, 2018, arrest by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Paul Young, while investigating an armed robbery call at the Valero station in Hardin, noticed Cassity’s vehicle in the middle of CR 2003 between Hardin and Liberty around 11:30 p.m. The vehicle was running and parked.

When Young approached, Cassity turned onto CR 2002, pulled to the side and turned on his flashers. He attempted to wave Young around his vehicle but Young grew suspicious of his actions and conducted a traffic stop.

“Young’s suspicions only increased when Cassity refused to follow his simple instructions, became very agitated and had a large machete wedged between the driver’s seat and console,” the statement continues.

During a check of Cassity’s records, it was discovered that he did not have a valid driver’s license. As Young secured the machete, he noticed ammunition in the vehicle. Because Cassity is a known felon, a more thorough search of his vehicle was warranted, according to Pickett’s statement.

Young reportedly discovered two baggies containing methamphetamine stuffed into a prescription bottle placed just behind the center console.

“Soon after making bail, Cassity went to Young’s personal business requesting to see him on Jan. 16. Young was not present, and law enforcement, not knowing the true nature of the contact Cassity wanted, went looking for him,” the statement continues. “Cassity was found a short while later, still without a valid driver’s license, still driving a truck displaying an expired license plate, but this time in Hull.”

During the second traffic stop by District Attorney Investigator Paul Lowrey, a rifle, scale and more ammunition was discovered inside Cassity’s vehicle. He was arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Possession of Methamphetamine.

All three felony cases were consolidated for trial by DA Pickett to preserve the valuable judicial resource of time.

A jury was selected on Aug. 12. Pickett presented testimony on Monday and Tuesday, and on Tuesday afternoon, the jury found him guilty of all three felonies.

Cassity requested Judge Mark Morefield preside over sentencing, which is set for Sept. 9.

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