Suspect shares story


“I mean I just got mixed up in a bad situation,” Jackie Simms said.

Simms, a father of two, was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I was at an ex-fiances house spending time with my daughter when some acquaintances had come by and said they was in bad shape,” he said.

Simms claims the acquaintances had shotguns that they were trying getting rid of.

“I asked if they were legit, not stolen,” he said.

That’s when Simms tried to sell them to a potential buyer, and a week later, deputies were at his door step

“Told them where the guns were at and hope they get the guns back to their rightful owner,” he said.

On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, the Fayette County sheriffs department put out a press release saying Simms was wanted in connection to a string of burglaries in the Hico and Lavista areas. Simms spoke out as soon as word hit the wire, he even wrote on our Facebook page.
“There’s nothing more than I want to than get this off my record and clear my name,” Simms said.

Deputies say Simms turning himself in is the right to do.

“Caller says he I’m gonna turn myself in, he shows up it’s easy to process him, don’t have to run around and look for him,” Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said.

“I’m embarrassed that my name is tarnished over this being drug into something by thieving, meth making, whatevers,” Simms said.

Simms is charged with receiving and selling stolen property and conspiracy to committ a felony.

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