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Johnathan Carriere takes plea in case deputy was assaulted in cell attack

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A man accused of assaulting a bailiff and allegedly attempting to take her gun during a previous court appearance was in court again Thursday, this time to complete a plea deal. The bailiff who was attacked was also present to talk about the incident.

According to prosecutors, this attack happened in the fall of 2021, just after 19-year-old Johnathan Carriere was sentenced to six years in prison for child pornography. Prosecutors say when Deputy Villareal brought Carriere back to the holding cell, he violently assaulted her — hitting her several times and trying to get her gun.

MP Villareal spoke in court on Thursday and gave the testimony of a victim. She described how the attack felt like being hit by a brick.

The witnesses present in the courtroom could say that it was difficult for this deputy to go there and share what she has been going through in the last few months. She spoke about how she is dealing with the aftermath of this attack, both physically and psychologically.

Deputy Villareal recalled her focus on not letting Carriere have her weapon during the attack because she felt there would have been casualties if she did.

Deputy Villareal also thanked her family and law enforcement family for their support. Many of them were there on Thursday to support her.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he has known the deputy and her family for years and was upset when he heard this happened.

“She is such an amazing person. It was just… it came out of nowhere. She said, ‘I was so nice and professional with him.’ She was just shocked at that moment that anyone would react that way,” Sheriff Gonzalez said.

Carriere was sentenced to 23 years for aggravated assault on an officer and 20 years for possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility for allegedly fabricating lower legs in his cell. These sentences, along with the child pornography charges, are being served concurrently at TDCJ. He will not be paroled until he has served half of that 23-year sentence.

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