The charges are 2nd degree felonies, which is punishable upto 20 years in prison. The Lamar County Sheriff told LGBTQ Nation that a county grand jury will decide if it was a hate crime. Under Texas statute, hate crime prosecution will put the charges to 1st degree felony which is punishable with upto 99 years of prison time.
A detailed report can be found in the LGBTQ Nation’s blog post.
The District Attorney Mr. Gary Young refused to divulge any more information on how the investigation was proceeding.