By Debby Schamber
The Orange Leader
After two days of testimony the jury began deliberating Tuesday the fate of admitted Aryan Brotherhood of Texas member Jonathan Wade Jordan.
The trial began Monday in the 260th District Court with Judge Buddy Hahn presiding. The jurors will continue to deliberate Wednesday morning.
Jordan, 28, and his co-defendant, Ronnie Alexander Smith Jr., 26, are accused of assaulting and robbing two people in August 2006 at the Bayou Patio Club in the 2200 block of Simmons Drive.
A 51-year-old woman who was working at the club reported to Orange police officers that Jordan and Smith entered the club and ordered a few drinks.
Jordan testified he went outside as ordered by Smith while Smith stayed inside.
The woman became suspicious of the actions of the two men and telephoned a 60-year-old man who was a friend. While the woman waited for her friend to arrive, Smith went outside, too.
The man reported to police he arrived at the club and was assaulted with a tire tool in the parking lot by Smith and Jordan. However, Jordan testified in court the man “got in his face and cursed him.”
Afterward the men reportedly went back into the Bayou Patio Club and assaulted the woman with the tire tool. They are accused of taking the cash register with an undisclosed amount of cash and fleeing the scene.
During testimony Tuesday, Jordan testified he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and was ordered to commit the aggravated robbery.
If convicted of aggravated robbery Jordan faces a punishment of 5 to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine up to $10,000.
Vidor man sentenced to 7 years in prison
James Chad York failed to live up to the terms of his probation and was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison by Judge David Walker.
Judge Buddie Hahn had previously excused himself from the case. The case was assigned to Walker, who is from Lufkin.
“I tried to give you a break, but you didn’t make the best of it,” Walker told York.
York was originally charged in 2001 for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault and aggravated assault. According to court records, York received 10 years probation after he went to the home of his ex-wife in Vidor with the intent to assault her. The records also tell of a 911 tape recording which captured the sounds of York beating the 100 pound woman with a horse shoe stake. York could be heard repeatedly striking the woman as she lay on the ground. WIth each “brutal execution” York grunted as he brought the stake down on the woman.
During the past few years York has violated the terms of his probation by being testing positive for methamphetamine, leaving the county without permission, receiving a charge of public intoxication and associating with known felons — along with other violations.
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