A Magnolia man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Jan. 15, after being convicted of felony family violence charges stemming from an incident last summer.
Matthew Lee Hudson was sentenced as a habitual felony offender, based on more than four prior felony convictions and faced a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison. Assistant district attorneys Adam McLane and Andrew James presented the case to a Montgomery County Jury, who returned the sentence within hours of closing arguments.
Around 10:30 p.m. the night of June 29, 2013, Officers Montgomery, Brown and Salmsassi from the Magnolia Police Department responded to a welfare check in the 17000 block of Windward Lane. When they arrived, they heard yelling and noticed broken items on the front porch of the residence. Through an open door, officers saw a woman inside bleeding from the face. Hudson refused to come out when the officers announced their presence. With their weapons drawn, the officers made entry into the home and, after a brief confrontation, Hudson surrendered and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on charges of Assault Family Violence. Further investigation into Hudson's background revealed a 2009 conviction for the same charge, making the most recent offense a third degree felony.
"Mr. Hudson's extensive criminal history proves he does not have the capability to conform to the laws of this community," Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said. "Habitual criminals and violent offenders continue to be the focus of our office and we will do what we can to separate them for those of us that abide by the law. My thanks go out to the jury, who with their verdict, put the safety of the community first."