ANGLETON — Freeport’s former city manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to portions of an aggregated theft charge related to stealing more than $223,000 from the city, court documents show.

Jeffrey Scott Pynes, 53, faces up to 99 years in prison when Judge Terri Holder sentences him next year, but is also eligible for probation.

“There is no plea bargain,” District Attorney Jeri Yenne said. “Jeff Pynes pled open to the court.”

This means there will be a contested sentencing hearing Jan. 21, where the state will seek penitentiary time and the defendant will seek probation, she said.

Pynes will not be able to appeal his plea, according to the agreement he signed Tuesday morning.

He pleaded guilty to four of eight paragraphs in the indictment, court records show, and pleaded “no contest” to the remaining four paragraphs, which is a plea of neither guilt nor innocence.

Pynes was arrested on the first-degree felony theft by public servant charge on June 22, 2018 and was released on a $45,000 bond the next day, online records show.

Freeport officials and Pynes agreed on a “mutual termination” in November 2017. He had been the city manager since October 2008 and was the city’s police chief for more than two years before that.

Maddy McCarty is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.

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jmilner007

we will see where this goes from here.

mcmahan2

Probation as a sentence would be an insult to the citizens of the city of Freeport who interested Mr. Pynes.

mcmahan2

Correction. Probation would be an insult to the citizens of the city of Freeport who trusted Mr. Pynes.

laffytaffy

MR. PYNES NEEDS TO SERVE A LOT OF PRISON TIME FOR ALL THE MONEY HE STOLE FROM US, HIS SUPPORTERS. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE MATERIALS, LABORS THAT WERE MISUSED SINCE 2008. TO OFFER HIM PROBATION IS A SLAP IN OUR FACES! IF IT WAS ONE OF HIS UNDERLINGS

YOU CAN BET HE'D PRESS FOR THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.

chrisnrhonda

Whatever happened to Wenz and Beeman, the business men who received payments and transferred money back to him? It's easy to see that corruption and bribery is more likely the crime here and not just theft.

Here is a quote from The Facts, “The way it looks for me is, all these answers lie in Jeff Pynes’ conduct,” Houston attorney James Rivera said. “It’s interesting that not only my client but, at the very least, two other men in business got sucked in on this... We look forward to working with the prosecutor and clearing his name.”

Rivera saying his client got sucked in on this is laughable. 🤣 Just by reading The Facts story, corruption is written all over this case! http://thefacts.com/news/article_4f8c36af-7178-55de-adbf-6fe8a6578fdf.html

Restwood Funeral Home

Shame on those who put him in that position as well, with that outrageous salary!!!!

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