GALVESTON — Former Galveston County District Clerk Jason Elroy Murray pleaded no contest Thursday to allegations that he used a handgun to assault his wife in 2011.
Murray, 38, avoided jail time in the plea deal that landed him eight years of deferred adjudication. He must also abide by a number of restrictions, such as wearing an ankle monitor for the next 30 months.
Murray was elected in a 2010 countywide Republican landslide, but he resigned in April 2012 amid assault allegations.
Murray was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the April 9, 2011, assault at the couple’s League City home.
Murray also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor family assault charge, stemming from a Dec. 8, 2011, incident in which he struck his wife as they drove home from a party in Houston.
Murray was jailed in Harris County in June 2012 on a probation violation on accusations he violated court orders that prevented him from contacting his wife.
Their divorce became final in October.
Murray is expected to appear Monday in Galveston County Court No. 2 to settle a March 2012 charge of driving while intoxicated, testimony in Thursday’s hearing revealed.
The plea called for no jail time, Murray’s attorney, Greg Russell, told visiting judge K. Michael Mayes.
Mayes, of the 410th District Court in Montgomery County, was appointed to the case in Galveston’s 122nd District Court after Judge John Ellisor recused himself.
Mayes warned Murray that if he violated the plea, he could face up to 20 years in prison.