Damon Beard, the Brownwood man who fled his forgery trial in 35th District Court last week, is back in custody.
Beard, 45, was caught in Marble Falls Tuesday and brought back to the Brown County Jail, Sheriff Vance Hill said. District Judge Steve Ellis earlier set Beard’s bond at $1 million.
A jury convicted Beard in absentia on Aug. 7 and sentenced him to 20 years in prison after Beard was a no-show in court earlier that morning. The jury also imposed a $10,000 fine.
According to a press release from District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office:
Assistant District Attorney Elisha Bird presented evidence at Beard’s trial that Beard passed two forged checks at the Napa store in Brownwood on June 9 and June 10, 2017.
Brownwood police detective Kim Holland discovered additional forged checks, passed by Beard, at numerous locations in Brownwood. Evidence in the trial showed Beard continued passing forged checks even after being arrested and having his bond raised.
At the trial, Beard appeared for the initial two days of trial, but absconded for the final day. Beard had been under house arrest and was required to wear an ankle monitor as conditions of his bail. Ultimately, it appeared that Beard removed his ankle monitor prior to court beginning on Wednesday.
The jury heard punishment evidence about several previous incarcerations of Beard, his lengthy criminal history, other forgeries that were not yet indicted and his violations of his conditions of bond.