After one day of evidence, it was clear to John Paul Lawrence that the case against him was convincing. He was claiming self defense, but Tuesday pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. He could have been convicted of a first degree felony for shooting his ex father in law, Harvey Hand.
Hand was expecting a plea agreement. " In a way I did, but we just wanted to get it over with and to move on and it's been hard on our family."
As are most domestic violence cases. This one involved a messy divorce, children, and threats. Following a family Christmas Lawrence showed up at his ex wife's house at three in the morning. Her father grabbed a kitchen knife anticipating trouble. There was. He was later shot. Hand said, " I appreciate the people of Nacogdoches and especially Memorial Hospital. I'm on the mend."