Conroe, November 25 – On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Judge Kathleen Hamilton in the 359th District Court sentenced Corell Jermaine Eugene to 28 years in prison for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Eugene pled guilty to the offense that occurred on August 25, 2017.
Eugene, 29, was the back passenger in a car driven by co-defendant Kerry Nathan Thomas. As the defendants’ vehicle pulled in to the Valero gas station located at 3710 FM 1488, surveillance video shows Eugene break into another vehicle and steal the victim’s purse while she was putting gas into her car—a crime commonly referred to as “sliding.”
The victim noticed that her vehicle rocked back and forth while Eugene committed the theft. She chased the defendants’ vehicle a short distance as they left the scene. After a witness called 911, a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office stopped the defendants’ vehicle a short time later.
“Sliding” is a predatory style of theft in which suspects target women at gas stations while they are preoccupied filling up their tanks. “Slidings” are often committed by at least two perpetrators working in tandem that use a vehicle with tinted windows to conceal the backseat passenger.
As the driver positions his vehicle next to his target, the backseat passenger “slides” out to commit the theft and returns to his vehicle to make a quick escape.
Eugene is a member of the 59 Bounty Hunter Bloods criminal street gang. While on bond for this case, he is alleged to have committed Attempted Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of a Criminal Instrument in Dallas County.
Eugene is also awaiting trial in Brazoria County for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle with Two Previous convictions. These charges are all currently pending.
Eugene has at least six prior felony convictions, including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Controlled Substance, Burglary of a Building, and Theft. He also had numerous convictions for misdemeanor offenses including theft and burglary.
Eugene was sentenced to ten years for his third Burglary of a Motor Vehicle in 2012, and was on parole from that conviction when he committed this crime in 2017.
Co-defendant Kerry Thomas pled to 25 years on July 30, 2019 in the 359th District Court on similar charges. Thomas is a documented member of the 59 Piru Blood criminal street gang and also has a lengthy criminal record.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Ghutzman said, “I would like to thank the deputies and detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for bringing these offenders to justice. I would also like to thank the Houston Police Department for providing substantive gang evidence that shows the scope and depth of the defendants’ various criminal activities around the state. Their hard work allowed the State to pursue lengthy sentences for both of these defendants.”
District Attorney Brett Ligon added, “Gang activity simply will not be tolerated in Montgomery County. When gang members from Houston or any other part of the state prey upon members of this community, they’re often in for a rude awakening when confronted with professional law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges willing to impose lengthy sentences.”