A 17-year-old La Marque man was sentenced to two years deferred probation Thursday on third-degree felony charges for taking a gun to school in May.
Jermaine Lee Morris, 17, pleaded guilty to one count of bringing a weapon into a prohibited place and received the sentence Thursday as part of a plea agreement, court records show.
Texas City Independent School District officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Morris was arrested in May at La Marque High School after taking a gun to school and reporting it to the principal, officials said.
The principal at the school noticed four students enter the campus from rear side doors and he opened the door for them, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The principal thought he smelled marijuana and escorted all students to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputy office on campus, according to the affidavit.
The district contracts sheriff’s deputies to work as campus law enforcement.
The principal was searching backpacks when Morris asked to speak to him privately, according to the affidavit.
The principal took Morris’ backpack and the two went to his office where Morris said there was a gun in the bag, according to the affidavit.
Deputies found a 9 mm handgun, according to the affidavit. There was one round in the chamber, according to the affidavit.
“According to our initial investigation, the student did not intend to use the gun at La Marque High School,” former Texas City Independent School District Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo said at the time. “Instead, our student reported that he was in possession of a gun in connection with an incident that occurred off campus this past weekend.”
The weekend incident had happened at a party, but a district spokeswoman did not have other information available, spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici said in a previous interview with The Daily News.
Students who violate the weapon policy are also subject to immediate suspension followed by additional disciplinary action after a thorough investigation, Lusignolo wrote. The district was following that protocol, she said.