Homeless man sentenced to 99, 80 years in prison

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A homeless man who pulled a gun on two children and hit one with it in front of a homeless shelter was sentenced Wednesday, March 20, 2024, to prison terms of 99 and 80 years.

Homer Kines was convicted in the 78th District Court of one of his two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The second aggravated assault charge was dismissed.

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Kines requested the jury to set his punishment, which was enhanced from prior convictions.

In October 2019, two children near Faith Mission were confronted by Kines. When police arrived, the children pointed to where Kines had run, and when police stopped him, he claimed they were harassing and messing with him and other homeless people, so he slapped them.
However, the children said they had confronted Kines about laughing at them as they walked past Faith Mission on the way to a store.

One said that Kines pulled a handgun and hit her in the face with it. Police said the girl had a knot on her right cheek near her eye.

The other child said Kines pointed the gun at him as they walked away.

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Officers said Kines denied having a gun, and they did not find one on him.

However, they said the video from Faith Mission showed Kines arguing with the kids, and as the kids walked off, Kines ran after them and pulled what appeared to be a gun out and hit the girl, then he pointed it at the boy and ran away as the children backed up.

Kines' arrest record shows 35 arrests dating back to 1984. His 20 prior convictions show four for assault and numerous for resisting or evading arrest.

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