Local businessman facing more legal trouble

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 19:04:03-04

A man sits in the Nueces County Jail without bond Tuesday night, accused of violating his probation.

He was given 10-years probation after being convicted of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing severe bodily injury in an accident in 2013.

Now, his probation could be revoked.

You’ve probably seen Ryant Connelly before.

He’s been on TV, doing commercials about one of his businesses.

According to court documents, he owns Connelly Foundation, Roofing, and Construction; Artificial Turf Kings; Construction Unlimited; and VIP Financial.

On April 20, 2013, a Corpus Christi Police Department report said Connelly was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-37, when he hit another vehicle.

A year later, as a result of the accident, he was convicted of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing severe bodily injury.

That’s a third-degree felony, punishable by 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. It was for this crime that Connelly was given probation.

The terms of his probation called for Connelly to turn himself into the Nueces County Jail on April 30, 2020.

But because COVID-19 is considered a life-threatening condition, Connelly asked that he be allowed to turn himself in at a later date.

District Attorney Mark A. Gonzalez tells Action 10 News that Judge Sandra Watts granted Connelly an extension that expired May 20, and jail officials tell us that’s when Connelly turned himself in for probation violations.

The Community Supervision and Corrections Department filed a probation violation report on Connelly, alleging violations including credit and debit card abuse, making a terroristic threat, financial crimes, theft, and theft of services.

It has recommended Connelly’s probation be revoked.

Plus, he also has to pay nearly $14,000 in restitution owed to the other driver involved in the 2013 accident.

And he has to pay it off by Oct. 1, 2021.

Gonzalez, and Connelly’s attorney, Terry Shamsie, said the date for the hearing for the motion to revoke Connelly’s probation isn’t set yet, so Connelly remains in jail without bond.