On October 23, 2019, Judge Russell Wilson of the 81st District Court in Atascosa County, Texas, sentenced Kevin Warnken to 25 years in prison for the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Involving Family Violence and the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the offense of Unlawful Restraint Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Because of the aggravated nature of the first offense, Warnken must serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
On November 21, 2016, the Pleasanton Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance that originated at Bar K in Pleasanton. It was reported that Kevin Warnken had assaulted his girlfriend in the bar and had forced her to leave against her will. The officers eventually located Warnken’s truck at his apartment and found that the inside was covered with a large amount of blood. Eventually, officers were able to get Warnken to come to his door and found his girlfriend inside. They were immediately stunned by her swollen eyes and blood covered face and eyes, and the graphic nature of her injuries.
The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment from her wounds. She sustained an orbital fracture that still affects her vision to this day, as well as multiple bite marks, lacerations, and bruises. She told the officers that after being forced to leave the bar, Warnken continued to assault her in his truck and at his apartment, as well as at the ranch owned by his father, Kurt Warnken.
In addition to testimony of the horrific nature of this assault, the judge also heard about Warnken’s past conduct. The District Attorney’s Office presented testimony of prior arrests and convictions including Racing on a Highway, Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Introducing a Controlled Substance into a Correctional Facility, Assault Family Violence, Driving While Intoxicated, as well as multiple other assaults.
The judge also heard evidence of multiple arrests for Evading in a Motor Vehicle. On one occasion, Warnken led police on a high-speed chase at speeds over 100 mph through Atascosa and Wilson counties, until he eventually was apprehended in Bexar County. In addition to these crimes, the judge heard evidence that Kevin Warnken is a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang. The Bandidos are affiliated with drug trafficking and violent crimes.
The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Pleasanton Police Department for their investigative efforts and the hard work put into getting justice for the victim in this case. Additionally, the office would like to thank the other agencies responsible for investigating his many crimes, including the Texas Department of Public Safety – Highway Patrol and the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office. It is through the hard work and dedication of our local law enforcement that this career criminal is finally taken off the street.