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Developer could face more jail time after failing to file paperwork

FORT WORTH — Northeast Tarrant County land developer Ronald W. Shirley could face more jail time after failing to file financial statements required by a bankruptcy court.

Shirley had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy seeking to have his debts erased. But the federal bankruptcy court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed the case Thursday after he did not provide the required paperwork.

Shirley, who can refile for bankruptcy, could not be reached for comment. His bankruptcy attorney, Shelly Shilling of Frisco, would not discuss the case.

In a state court lawsuit filed by Colleyville businessman Daniel Garrison, Shirley was in the Tarrant County Jail for five weeks on a contempt-of-court charge because he did not file required paperwork in that case and was unable to pay some of Garrison’s legal fees as the judge demanded.

But the federal bankruptcy court freed Shirley on April 22.

John Thorne of Grand Prairie, who represented Shirley on the contempt charge, said Shirley is no longer his client.

With no bankruptcy case under way, Judge Dana Womack of the 348th state District Court could send Shirley back to jail, said attorney Sim Israeloff, who represents Garrison.

Womack was on vacation Monday and does not talk publicly about pending cases, court staff said. Shirley eventually provided the required paperwork in the state case but hasn’t paid all of the legal fees.

Shirley, a Canadian, has been active in real estate development in Northeast Tarrant County, including work as the development manager for The Reserve at Colleyville subdivision.

He has been a defendant in the last two years in lawsuits from investors or lenders seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars, including one from former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders in which Shirley faces a $500,000 judgment.