Former Robertson County District Attorney John Paschall spent his first night in jail Monday for mishandling money belonging to an estate for which he served as executor.
Paschall was ordered to serve 30 days in the Brazos County Jail. He was put on a work-release program, which allows him to serve his jail time at night Mondays through Thursdays.
He will check himself in at 7:30 each night and be released at 4 a.m. the next day, according to the Brazos County Jail work-release schedule.
The jail allows inmates to get credit for partial days. Since he will check himself in Thursday nights and leave Friday mornings, he will get a day’s worth of credit for the four hours he spends there on Fridays.
To get his 30 days credit, he’ll spend 24 nights in jail.
Jail administrator Wayne Dicky said they’re not planning to segregate Paschall, who served six terms as Robertson County’s top prosecutor. But, because Paschall will only serve a night at a time, he will likely be kept in an orientation unit where people stay when waiting to get their assignments. Dicky said that’s normal for people on work-release programs.
“We don’t have a special plan for him, he’s going to be treated like everyone else,” Dicky said. “If he encounters problems, then we would respond to those problems.”
Dicky said there are 21 people on work-release programs at the Brazos County Jail.
In addition to the jail sentence, Paschall was placed on 10 years of probation — requiring him to report to a probation officer at the beginning of each month — given a $1,000 fine and forced to surrender his law license at a hearing on Jan. 21.
Paschall, 62, pleaded guilty to misusing money belonging to the estate of Calvert resident Marium Oscar while he served as executor.
He had previously paid $86,518.07 in restitution to Oscar’s estate. A judge last week ordered him to pay an additional $50,000 each to the Calvert Volunteer Fire Department and the Morning Star Foundation of Calvert.
Paschall was indicted more than a year ago on a first-degree felony charge of misapplication of fiduciary property, but the case was negotiated to a third-degree felony. He faced up to 10 years behind bars, but because he had no prior felony convictions, probation was allowed.