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After 2 mistrials, Beaumont man found guilty of attempted murder

Byron Bush, 37, was found guilty by a jury and Judge Larry Gist handed down the 40-year sentence. (Jefferson County Jail photo)

After two mistrials in the past 16 months, a Beaumont man was found guilty and sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison for attempted murder when he shot at a pair of Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies three years ago.

Byron Bush, 37, was found guilty by a jury and Judge Larry Gist handed down the 40-year sentence.

Bush faced a maximum life sentence for the May 22, 2014 incident, which stemmed from a dispute between Bush and two brothers suspected in a violent home invasion robbery in Nome several days earlier, trial testimony last year revealed.

Bush encountered the deputies unsuspectingly when he knocked on the North End Beaumont apartment door of one of the brothers.

The deputies were there to gather information about the home invasion when Bush arrived.

Bush, who at the time was a suspect but was never charged in the robbery, fled the apartment on foot when the deputies opened the door with their weapons drawn.

Bush fired a 9mm pistol as he ran away from the deputies before he was shot twice.

“The defendant put people’s lives in danger when he chose to engage in this criminal behavior," Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Chris Cadena said. "I commend the Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers in their professionalism and grace under extreme circumstances. We are pleased with the jury’s decision and the judge’s sentence .”

This was his third trial in just over a year. Bush was originally charged with attempted capital murder, but was convicted of simple attempted murder.

Bush is also the son of Beaumont ISD trustee Zenobia Bush.

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