Brent Webster - First Assistant District Attorney
Brent graduated from Southwestern University in 2003 and earned a
J.D. from University of Houston Law Center in 2005. Mr. Webster joined
the DA's office in 2011 as a criminal prosecutor in the 277th District
Court. He previously served as an assistant county attorney in the
criminal division and the family justice division of the Williamson
County Attorney's Office.
John Prezas - Chief Prosecutor, Appellate Division
John C. Prezas is the assistant district attorney handling
post-conviction matters, including appeals and writs of habeas corpus.
John also advises other attorneys in the office from time to time
regarding matters of law and procedure.
John served Williamson County from 2005 to 2011 as a prosecutor in
both the County Attorney and District Attorney offices. During that
time he prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases against both adults
and juveniles. From 2011 to and through a portion of 2014, John
represented clients in central Texas as a criminal defense attorney
handling cases for adults and juveniles accused of crimes as well as
those seeking to appeal their sentences or seeking help with parole
John received a scholarship to attend Harvard Law School where he served
as an editor for the Journal of Law and Technology and from which he
graduated in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from
Texas A&M-University-Corpus Christi in 1999.
Daniel Sakaida is an assistant district attorney in the appellate
division. He works on post-conviction matters including appeals,
applications for writ of habeas corpus, and motions for testing of DNA.
He also consults with other attorneys in the office on legal issues
related to pending cases.
Before joining the office in 2014 as a public service fellow, Mr.
Sakaida worked in a variety of public service offices, including the
Capital Case Section of the United States Department of Justice in the
District of Columbia, the appellate division of the United States
Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, the
Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office, the Travis County
District Attorney’s Office, and the Ventura County Public Defender’s
Mr. Sakaida attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his
Bachelor’s degree, where he graduated cum laude 2011 with a double major
in Political Science (International Relations) and History. He then
attended the Law School at the University of Texas at Austin, where he
received his Juris Doctorate in 2014.
Trial Prosecutor: Jo Poenitzsch, Assistant District Attorney
Jo Poenitzsch is an Assistant District Attorney for Williamson County currently serving in the 26th District Court of Texas.
Trial Prosecutor: Blake Ewing, Assistant District Attorney
Blake Ewing is an Assistant District Attorney for Williamson County currently serving in the 26th District Court of Texas.
Trial Prosecutor: Travis McDonald, Assistant District Attorney
Mr. McDonald joined the DA's office in 1996. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Waller County.
Trial Prosecutor: Gerard Perches, Assistant District Attorney
Gerard Perches is an Assistant
District Attorney for Williamson County currently serving in the 277th
District Court of Texas.
Prior to joining the Williamson
County District Attorney’s Office, Gerard was an Assistant District
Attorney in the Hays County District Attorney’s Office for three years.
While in Hays County, he was a trial prosecutor in the 26th, 274th,
22nd, 207th, and the 428th District Courts. Prior to that he was in
private practice out of Austin, Texas for 4 years and has also worked as
an Assistant County Attorney in Ector County for 2 years.
Gerard received his Bachelor of Arts, in Political Science and
History from Texas State University in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in
Political Science in 2001. He earned his law degree from Washburn
University School of Law in 2005.
Danny Smith is an Assistant District Attorney assigned to prosecute
felony cases in the 368th District Court. Danny is responsible for
evaluating felony cases presented by law enforcement and filing charges.
He negotiates and resolves felony cases and represents the State of
Texas in felony trials.
Prior to joining the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office,
Danny was an Assistant District Attorney in the Brazos County District
Attorney’s Office for nine years. While in Brazos County, he was a
trial prosecutor in the 272nd and 361st District Courts, and he also
served as the Chief Intake and Chief Appellate prosecutor.
Additionally, he served as an adjunct instructor for law enforcement
officials for the Texas A&M Engineering Service police academy both
in Brazos County and around the State of Texas. For three years, he
also served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at Blinn College in
Danny received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Political
Science and Spanish from Texas Tech University in 2001. He earned his
law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2004.
Trial Prosecutor: Jackie Borcherding, Assistant District Attorney
Jackie Borcherding serves as an Assistant District Attorney in
Williamson County assigned to the 368th District Court. Before becoming
an ADA, she prosecuted in the Williamson County Attorney’s Office for
six years, during which she served as Chief Prosecutor in County Courts
at Law #2 and #3, DWI/Drug Court prosecutor, and a Juvenile Prosecutor
in the 395th District Court; and created the Domestic Assault Response
Team. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in English, and she
earned her J.D. degree from Baylor Law School. Before prosecuting, she
clerked for Presiding Judge Sharon Keller of the Texas Court of Criminal
Appeals. She was the first prosecutor inaugurated into Williamson
County Victims’ Advocates Wall of Fame. In 2012, she was awarded
Williamson County’s Young Lawyer of the Year.
Williamson County District Attorney's Office places the rights of crime
victims at the forefront. The District Attorney and her staff will do
everything within their power to ensure that victims have a voice in the
courtroom and see that justice is done.
The Victim Assistance Coordinators for the Williamson County District
Attorney’s Office ensures that a victim, guardian of a victim, or close
relative of a deceased victim is afforded the rights granted to them by
Chapter 56 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Our Victim Assistance
Division works closely with appropriate law enforcement agencies,
prosecuting attorneys and the Board of Pardons and Paroles in carrying
out those duties.
Gayla Schwab - Victim Witness Coordinator
Alma Vasquez - Victim Witness Coordinator
Charles "Chuck" Kelley