Don Hoover has joined the Grayson County Criminal District Attorney’s Office as a felony prosecutor.

Prior to joining Grayson County, Hoover was a felony prosecutor with the Fannin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for four years. Among his notable cases were the successful prosecutions of Noemi and Pedro Noria, who knowingly allowed their 8-year-old son to be molested multiple times by an another adult; and Billy Bayse, who killed a mother and her eight year old son by playing “chicken” with their car as they drove home from church.

In both cases, Hoover was able to use the testimony of the culprits’ children to obtain convictions from juries.

Hoover will be taking on a felony caseload in the 59th District Court before Judge Larry Phillips, where Hoover will prosecute all manner of felonies.

“It’s an exciting time for Grayson County,” Hoover said. “I’m fortunate to join the Grayson DA’s Office as the county continues to grow. It’s a privilege to work with Brett Smith and all of the great prosecutors and staff in an office I have admired for years. Grayson County is my home, and I look forward to working hard for the community where my family and friends live.”

Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser said one doesn’t just go out and replace a guy like Hoover.

“He is not just a smart lawyer, he is a hard working lawyer,” Glaser said.

Glaser said Hoover’s preparation for trial was exceptional and he was very well liked in Fannin County. The Fannin district attorney said his office is happy for Hoover to get the chance of advancement in his career, but really hate to lose him in Fannin County.

Information provided by the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office shows Hoover has lived in Oklahoma and Texas for most of his life. An attorney since 1999, Hoover graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law and focused primarily in criminal law. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, he was a defense attorney in Sherman.

He spent 21 years in the United States Marine Corps infantry where he saw several deployments. During his service, Hoover was twice deployed to combat. In 1990-1991, he saw combat in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He saw combat again in 2004-2005 when he was deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his military awards, Hoover was awarded the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor distinction, and two combat action ribbons. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2007.

“Don Hoover has an outstanding reputation amongst his peers in the legal profession,” interim Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said in a written statement. “He is known for his integrity, character and hard work. Don will be a great addition to an already strong office and I am proud to have this man as part of our team.”