Meet the DA

Wiley “Sonny” McAfee has worked in the field of public service in Texas for decades as a well-respected leader. He is committed to making the 33rd & 424th Judicial Districts one of the safest areas in the state with the efforts of concerned citizens, law enforcement officers and those who serve in the DA’s Office.

Sonny McAfee has over forty years of experience in Criminal Justice with 22 years as a prosecutor, legal advisor, and legal expert instructor and 20 years prior to that as a police officer with Houston Police Department. Sonny retired as a lieutenant in the Houston Police Department Homicide Division. He became a Houston Police Officer at the age of 19 and stayed with the department where he worked his way up in investigative divisions such as Narcotics, Internal Affairs and Homicide. Sonny also served as a helicopter pilot for the police department and as a member of a patrol tactical unit. He is a graduate of the 129th session of the FBI National Academy.

Sonny obtained his law degree from the University of Houston and was licensed as an attorney prior to his retirement from the Houston Police Department. Upon retirement Sonny worked as an attorney for the First Court of Appeals in Houston. He was a prosecutor in Harris County and later in Smith County. As a prosecutor Sonny tried cases ranging from Driving While Intoxicated to Death Penalty Capital Murder cases. He became the Legal Advisor for the Irving Police Department where he worked as legal counsel for the police department, trained officers in legal aspects of investigations and represented the Police Department in litigation.

Following 911, Sonny went to Europe for the Department of Justice in Albania as the senior anti-human trafficking advisor. His next assignment was as team leader and technical advisor in Bosnia-Herzegovina with his wife, Jill a technical advisor. Together they developed training for police officers and prosecutors in the First Criminal Procedure Code of that country following its war with Serbia. Upon his return stateside, Sonny trained and assisted police officers and prosecutors from Alaska to South Carolina in search warrant writing, trial preparation and criminal investigations. In November 2012, Sonny won election for District Attorney of the 33rd and 424th Judicial Districts of Texas in the Texas Hill Country and took office January 1, 2013.

With his extensive background in prosecution and law enforcement, Sonny approaches prosecution and law enforcement as a co-operative effort to seek justice for citizens. Law enforcement works very hard to investigate and arrest offenders who plague our community through child abuse, crimes against persons and property and drug dealing.

In the last year, the District Attorney’s Office led by Sonny McAfee, prosecuted many serious cases and obtained lengthy sentences to prevent criminals from re-offending in our community. Predators of children have been sentenced to terms that prevent them from ever offending against members of our community again.

By effectively prosecuting those who commit crimes, the District Attorney’s Office has satisfied its objective to seek justice and help make the four counties of this District one of the safest areas in Texas in which to work, live and raise children.