BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- UPDATE:
The District Attorney's office tells KBTX the murder took place in 1998. According to the Uber's driver standards, Horn may have been fine to drive.
Their policy on background checks states: "A criminal record that does not include a conviction for a felony, violent crime, or sexual offense within the last seven years, among other things such as a registration on the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public website."
An Uber spokesperson told KBTX, "Our process reviews records beyond seven years - as far back as the records are retained by the court and can be reported to us - in addition to checking against several national databases including the US Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website, the PACER database, and databases used to flag suspected terrorists. If we identify a report for certain serious criminal convictions (such as sexual assault, attempted murder, etc.) anytime in the person's history, that would disqualify a potential driver according to our standards."
They also added many records aren't available from governments for administrative reasons or are expunged and/or sealed. The company said they are still looking into how Horn became a driver.
Local Uber drivers feel that the company may need to update their policies.
"I mean I really hope that they tighten things up. That's a company that needs to keep growing and if people know there's convicted murderers driving people around…who's going to want to take a ride?" said Tyler Hutton.
Another driver, Brandon George, added that cases like this make him question the integrity of the company.
"Honestly the character behind that I really wouldn't too much trust Uber now.," said George.
Other local riders like Hannah Chesney said hearing about Horn's past made her feel uneasy.
"This does make me feel a little bit nervous knowing that someone who has a violent crime in their past like that can be an Uber driver and be responsible for the lives of others," said Chesney.
We will continue to update this story as Uber continues their investigation of Horn.
Uber is investigating how a man convicted of murder was allowed to work for the ride sharing company in Brazos County while on parole.
Anthony Horn, 45, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for Evading in a Vehicle.
On February 11, 2017, Horn was stopped by a Bryan Police officer at Villa Maria and 29th Street for speeding. When the officer approached the vehicle, he could smell marijuana coming from inside. When the officer asked Horn to step out of the vehicle, Horn sped off and attempted to evade the officer.
Officers soon located Horn because he had wrecked at the intersection of Villa Maria and Nash Street after nearly striking another vehicle.
During the punishment phase, prosecutors presented evidence of Horn’s prior conviction for Murder.
A Deputy U.S. Marshal testified that while Horn was incarcerated in a high security section of the Connally Unit of the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice, he used a prison-made weapon to repeatedly stab another inmate to death. At the time of the murder, Horn was serving a prison sentence for Possession of Cocaine.
Evidence was also presented that Horn, who was employed as an Uber driver at the time of this offense, was still on parole for the murder. He did not have a passenger with him at the time of the incident.
“This defendant’s decision to flee from officers placed the lives of others
in danger. His blatant disregard for the safety of others warranted a
sentence that recognizes the danger that this defendant poses," said Assistant Brazos County District Attorney Philip McLemore.
Uber says it's background checks include a Motor Vehicle Record view as well as a criminal background check.
KBTX has reached out to Uber for more comment on the situation and received the following statement:
"We are looking further into this to help understand this situation further. This person is not an active driver and has not had access to Uber since February 2017," said spokesperson Kayla Whaling.