Nigerian man who shot State District Judge, sentenced to life in prison

31-year-old Nigeria Citizen Chimene Hamilton Onyeri has been sentenced to life in federal prison for his role in carrying out fraud and racketeering schemes that involved the attempted capital murder of State District Court Judge

Chimene Onyeri will also pay restitution of $178,374.41 for his financial crimes, U.S. District Judge, Lee Yeakel, said, on Tuesday, in downtown Austin.

Onyeri admitted to shooting Kocurek’s car. He claims he did not know the judge was in the car and that the shots he fired were just meant to destroy property and scared the family.

On April 26, Onyeri was found guilty on 17 counts of mail fraud, identity theft, wire fraud, racketeering, witness tampering and the 2015 attempted capital murder of state district court judge, Julie Kocurek.

Kocurek was in the courtroom both days of the sentencing phase. She is relieved and feels at peace at this time.

There is no option for parole in the federal court system. Onyeri’s attorney, Victor Arana, was trying to get his client a lesser sentence of 30 years. Prosecutors say Onyeri has ten co-conspirators who are still awaiting sentencing.


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