Former Jasper County Sheriff Aubrey E. Cole, who died in January of 2017, is one of several people named in multiple lawsuits that were filed last month in Federal Court by 56-year-old James Mark Herrin, who is representing himself. The Magnolia Springs resident has been incarcerated in the Jasper County Jail since his latest arrest on September 4th and is filing the lawsuits from jail.
According to the four separate complaints, which were filed in the Eastern District of Texas, the defendants named in the lawsuits include Cole, along with; Mitchel Newman + Dirty Cops, Officer Unknown Newman, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper County Court House, Narse Newman (later referred to as Nurse Newman), Guy James Gray, Steve Hollis, Krisey Hollis, Brandal Burks, Rebecca Burks, Raymond Kosub, Kenneth Hammock, Gray Brister-Hancock, Maurice Villasana, ACE Bail Bonding, Becky Cloud, City of Kirbyville, Josh Hancock, Paul Brister, Mr. Gray, and A.E. Cole Correctional Center.
Herrin listed “Civil Rights Violations” as his complaint. However, each of the handwritten lawsuits were filled with rambling statements that never specified exactly how his civil rights were violated other than he repeatedly complained that he didn't like the food in the Jasper County Jail.
The lawsuits aren’t expected to actually make it anywhere. In fact U.S. District Judge Keith Giblin signed paperwork after the first lawsuit was filed stating that Herrin had not paid a $400.00 filing fee. The judge’s order stated that for the complaint to move forward Herrin must make some sort of arrangement to make payments to cover each filing fee which, at this point, is up to $1,600.00 with four suits filed.
Herrin has been both in the news and in the jailhouse numerous times over the last several years.
One of Herrin’s most notable arrests came in March of 2017 when he was accused of driving into a cemetery while a graveside funeral service was underway and tried to run over grieving family members. Witnesses said Herrin then jumped out of his vehicle and, with music blaring from his stereo, stood on top of the grave screaming obscenities while destroying the flower arrangements.