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After 20+ years in Lubbock DA's Office, DA Matt Powell will retire Friday

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

After more than 20 years serving in the Lubbock Co. District Attorney's Office, DA Matt Powell is ready to turn out the lights one final time.

His office is pretty much empty now. All the memories and trinkets he has accumulated over the years have been removed. 

"There was a purple crayon that a kid victim gave me probably 15 to 20 years ago," Powell said. "Doesn't mean anything, you'd see it and say what's that, why are you keeping that but it means a lot when it comes from a victim and there was a million of those trinkets lying around."

After two decades of service he has many of those. Each serving as a reminder of why he embarked on a career fighting for justice.

"It was just something I felt called to do at the time and I truly believe that and it's been very rewarding," he said.

It has not been all roses though.

"People have asked me why I'm not doing this job again and there's lots of reasons but you know, some of it was just I can close my eyes and I can go to crime scenes right now. One of them is an unsolved case that where a mother and her three kids were brutally murdered. It's been about 12 years, 13 years ago and I can go back like that was yesterday."

Despite the unimaginable things he has seen, Powell said it has always been worth it when the case is over.

"Unfortunately I've seen things I wished I never would've seen and that I can't undo but those are always offset by acts of courage that are tremendous. You know, a little kid that has more courage in their little finger than I do in my whole body," he said. 

While there are some cases he would like to see through, he knows it is time.

"There are unsolved cases that I would have like to got solved and handled before I left office but you have to have faith that the people that are going to take your place will do a good job and will be effective in what they do."

He will be succeeded by Assistant D.A. K. Sunshine Stanek. She is running unopposed for the position. 

Powell said he has every confidence she will succeed and continue the excellence he has strived for.

"My intention everyday I came to work was to do the right thing for the right reasons and the good Lord may tell me one day that I didn't do that was certainly my hearts desire."

Powell is not leaving the legal field completely. He will serve as general counsel for Midland ISD starting Monday.

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