Cormier sentenced to 60 years

Brandon Joseph Cormier is escorted out of the Nolan County Courthouse by Nolan County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy Stacy Villanueva.
Tatiana Torres
Managing Editor

Brandon Joseph Cormier was sentenced to 60 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after entering a guilty plea to attempted capital murder of a peace officer on Friday afternoon in the 32nd Judicial District Court. The sentence was enhanced to a first degree felony for a prior conviction in June 2011 of burglary of a habitation in the 2nd Judicial District Court of Cherokee County.
On the afternoon of Sept. 10, 2014, a shooting occurred on Highway 84 near Roscoe. DPS officer Jaime Galindo conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota on U.S. 84 north of Roscoe. As the trooper was awaiting confirmation of warrants issued for 25-year-old Brandon Cormier, Cormier allegedly retrieved a gun from his vehicle and fired shots at the officer. The trooper returned fire, striking Cormier in the hand.
Cormier was also given 10 years for the federal charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He will have to serve at least 30 years of his attempted capital murder offense and 10 years day-for-day on the federal offense before he will be eligible for parole.