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Man pleads no contest in officers death

Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Hebert served for 10 years. He was killed on duty July 8, 2011. Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Hebert served for 10 years. He was killed on duty July 8, 2011.
John Wesley Nero (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) John Wesley Nero (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

A man charged in the death of a Beaumont Police Officer has entered a plea of no contest and has been sentenced to life in prison.

John Wesley Nero entered his plea Thursday morning before Criminal District Judge John Stevens. 

Nero was charged with capital murder after officers say he caused the accident that killed Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, 36, on the night of July 8, 2011.  Officer Hebert died after Nero's Dodge Nitro ran into Hebert's police car.


According to Nero's original arrest warrant, officers were called to a home on the 5900 block of Chisholm Trail in Beaumont for a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived, Nero had already left, but his mother and grandmother said he had assaulted both of them and threatened to kill them if they called police.

Officers were called back to the home at about 10 p.m. when Nero reportedly returned to the home. He had again left but family members were able to tell police where they might be able to find him. 

Nero was found by officers in the Kohls parking lot on Dowlen Road and he led officers on a chase that lasted about 7 minutes. The chase ran north on Old Dowlen Road, South on Eastex Freeway, onto I-10 west and then College Street west. Officers say Nero turned north on Dowlen.

The warrant goes on to state that Officer Hebert was on Dowlen Road parked in the center turning lane with his emergency lights on. Witnesses say he was getting a spike belt out of the back of the car when Nero directed his car towards Hebert's patrol car, slamming into the car and Hebert. The officer was transported to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth where he was pronounced dead.


According to 12News file stories, Nero was indicted September 2011 on two charges of possession of child pornography.  A probable cause affidavit obtained by 12News in 2011 says the charge stems from the same incident of which officers were responding the night of the accident that killed Officer Hebert.

Investigators say that Nero assaulted his mother and grandmother after they caught him watching child pornography at the house.

The child pornography charges against Nero have been dropped.


Family members and friends of Officer Hebert gathered July 2012 for the one-year anniversary of his death.  A large crowd showed up to release balloons in his honor.

Hebert was a 10-year veteran of the force and was survived by his parents and sister.


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