Atatiana Jefferson: Aaron Dean was transferred to prison on Wednesday

Dean was initially transferred to a facility in Huntsville, where he underwent a diagnosis before being transferred to his permanent housing facility.

ROSHARON, Texas – Eleven years. Ten months. Twelve days. That’s how long former Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean was sentenced in the 2019 shooting of Atatiana Jefferson. And now he’s going to serve that sentence at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.

Officials confirmed to the WFAA on Wednesday, December 21 that Dean was transferred to James “Jay” H. Byrd’s unit in Huntsville, Texas. He underwent a diagnosis before being transferred to his permanent accommodation facility.

On Friday, December 23, Dean was assigned to the WF Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas.

According to TDCJ records, Dean is eligible for parole on November 18, 2028. At that time, he is temporarily ineligible for visits.

For three years, Dean was out of custody on bail awaiting trial. On Thursday, December 15, a Tarrant County jury found him guilty of manslaughter and returned its verdict after two more days of deliberation.

Jefferson’s family held a press conference following Dean’s sentencing to thank the Fort Worth community and reassure them that their fight for justice is not over.

Jefferson’s oldest sister, Ashley Carr, said they would pursue federal charges against Dean.

“Eleven years is the same age as Zion. 10 months, 12 days – that’s the day it happened. There is a message in it. It might not be the message we wanted and the whole dream, but it’s part of it,” Carr said.

Carr continued that hopefully Dean’s conviction and verdict in Jefferson’s death sends the message that this is the standard and that families who fight for justice deserve more.

The Jefferson family attorney Lee Merritt spoke to the WFAA on Wednesdaysaying the family will seek additional accountability with a civil lawsuit.

“This was a case where there was almost universal agreement that this officer should face the consequences for his actions,” Merritt said.

Merritt said the change the family is seeking affects Fort Worth’s policing policy.

“What Aaron Dean relied on for his defense, and what so many officers rely on for their defense, is that they just followed their training,” Merritt said. “And as much as we don’t want to scapegoat that they’re educated, there’s something to be said for these officers being told that if you go into black communities, if you go into black homes, you can treat them more militantly than you would.” in the average community.”

His defense attorneys say the former officer acted in self-defense because he saw Jefferson with a gun pointed at him.

“There’s nothing to be gained by sending this man to prison,” defense attorney Bob Gill said in his closing arguments during the sentencing phase.

According to court records, Dean’s case has already been appealed. Atatiana Jefferson: Aaron Dean was transferred to prison on Wednesday

Laura Coffey

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