Man who stabbed officer sentenced to 7 years

Published 6:18 pm Friday, June 1, 2018

BEAUMONT — A Woodville man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend’s estranged husband, who is a police officer.

Judge Raquel West sentenced Joal Morgan Riley to the maximum penalty after a plea agreement this week in the 252nd District Court.

Besides the prison sentence, Riley must also pay $13,000 restitution to the victim, Port Arthur Police Officer Jerry Daws.

Joal Riley

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The case originated Dec. 22, 2016 when Daws answered a knock on the door at Willow Lakes Apartments, 2555 95th St., Port Arthur. An assailant later identified as Riley, then of Woodville, attacked the husband, an off-duty police officer, with what was described as a large hunting knife.

Daws was cut several times on his arms but escaped from his assailant. An affidavit said at the time the suspect told the victim he would have to kill him because he had seen his assailant’s face during the attack.

The victim was treated for his injuries at St. Elizabeth’s in Beaumont and remained there for one night.

The affidavit said Daws’ wife, identified as Kelly Daws, had said she was under stress because of her impending divorce and had talked with Riley about getting rid of her husband, according to archive information.

Kelly Daws, 46, was originally indicted for first-degree criminal conspiracy and first-degree solicitation. She was later re-indicted for second-degree criminal conspiracy and second-degree criminal solicitation.