Sanders issues statement over tampering arrest
Saying that “in the coming weeks and months, the public will learn the rest of the story,” Matagorda County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1 Jason Sanders issued a public statement regarding his arrest for tampering with a government record.
Sanders was booked into the Matagorda County Jail Feb. 26 and was released on a personal recognizance bond on the same date.
According to jail records, the offense date was Sept. 24, 2018.
The following is Sanders’ statement:
“I am a Marine Corps Veteran. I made a pledge to our country, up to and including my life, in order to defend the rights of every citizen to due process of law.
Those who know me know that I am not a person whose actions are fueled by meanness or done out of malice. If people know nothing else about me, I hope they know my heart.
Under our criminal justice system, which I believe is the best in the world, everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Under advice of counsel, I cannot comment on specifics about the allegations made against me, but in coming weeks and months, the public will learn the rest of the story.
I thank you all for your support.
I am Jason K Sanders, Justice of the Peace, Pct 1, Matagorda County.
Semper Fi.” — Jason Sanders
Matagorda County District Attorney Steven Reis has recused itself in this particular case. The district attorney’s office in Wharton County has been appointed to represent the State in the prosecution against Sanders.
A sealed indictment was returned against Sanders Feb. 25.
Sanders was recently re-elected as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1. He has lived in Bay City most of his life and is a graduate of Bay City High School in 1987. He has served the citizens of Matagorda County for nearly a decade and has served as Veteran’s Services Officer for four of those years.
Sanders also serves as Associate Municipal Judge for the city of Bay City since 2014.