Former firefighter gets 20 years in prison - South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Former firefighter gets 20 years in prison

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Port Arthur fire fighter who pleaded guilty to indecency with a child in 2007 was back in court today.

In 2009, after he made a plea deal with prosecutors, Kevin Guidry was sentenced to 180 in jail and 10 years of deferred probation as well as being labeled a sex offender.

"He had his chance to be in the free world," said prosecutor Colleen Clark who is walking away with a win in her book.

"He violated his probation, he got revoked," said Clark.

Guidry was caught violating his probation on June 23rd. Officials say he was out past his curfew and driving while intoxicated.

It seems the court sent a stiff message giving Kevin Guidry the maximum punishment. And when making decisions like these the presiding Judge John Stevens has to factor in all of the details from the entire case, including those who are affected in it.

"Vulnerable victims have a voice in this courtroom," said Stevens.

Judge Stevens said Guidry was given probation for sexually assaulting two 11-year-old girls in Groves back in 2007.

"What they've had to go through, what they're going to have to go through the rest of their life because of the defendants actions, that certainly goes into play," said Stevens.

But when it came to investigating the DWI Guidry's attorney Mike Marion says Port Arthur police dropped the ball.

"They failed to offer him a breath test, blood test, blood work, anything but then came to court today and testified that he was intoxicated," said Marion.

"He was given a chance to stay in this free world under rules of his probation and he violated them," said Clark who hopes this will be a message to those on probation that if you don't follow the rules there will be consequences.

Guidry's attorney says when Port Arthur police responded to a possible reckless driver call they found a gun in Guidry's possession and arrested him for it, disregarding the DWI charge.

However, Guidry was not a convicted felon at the time and it was not against the law for him to carry a firearm so that charge was dropped.

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