Jury finds Lufkin woman guilty of lying on stand

Twonda Samuel mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Twonda Samuel mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman has agreed to serve four years in prison for lying on the stand in an arson trial in 2010.

A jury found Twonda Nicole Samuel, 25, guilty of two counts of aggravated perjury late Monday afternoon, according to her attorney, Al Charanza.

Charanza said Samuel would have been sentenced by District Judge Paul White, but instead she came to an agreement of a four-year prison sentence. She also agreed to waive her right to an appeal.

Samuel was indicted in March for aggravated perjury relating to the 2010 arson fire that occurred at the home of Timothy Thompson.

Prosecutors said Samuel had given fire investigators a statement that she overheard Thompson say he burned his house. But on the stand in Thompson's trial in February, Samuel denied overhearing Thompson say that, and even denied giving that statement to investigators.

"This case was aided by good investigative work by Lufkin fire marshals," prosecuting attorney Dale Summa said. "They not only took down her written statement, but recorded her statement."

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