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July 21, 2013

Man who beat mother with hammer sentenced

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Daniel Jay Morrell, 51, listed as an Odessa resident, was pulled over Nov. 7 around 4 p.m. by a Texas Highway Patrol trooper after an off-duty deputy called about the driver.

Morrell was traveling 34 mph along Interstate 20 at FM Road 1189, Swain said.

After failing field sobriety tests, Morrell was found to have a 0.30-percent blood-alcohol level, well over three times the legal limit, according to Swain.

Information provided by the hospital indicated possible affects at that level of intoxication include coma or death, Swain said.

Facing a possible 10 years in prison if convicted, Morrell pleaded guilty to the charge on Wednesday and received a sentence of eight years in prison.

Where there’s smoke

A thief who led authorities to himself by setting a fire in a warehouse received a seven-year sentence after pleading guilty to state jail felony thefts, according to Swain.

Deputies discovered Danny Wayne Turner, 51, after responding to a business in the 1200 block of East State Highway 199 where a vehicle was reported stolen from and the doors to the business were reported damaged.

The stolen van was later located at another location on Highway 199 and it was found to have been stripped and missing tools and equipment.

As deputies investigated the recovered van, they saw smoke and fire coming from a warehouse where Turner was found to be burning wire to remove the insulation, according to the sheriff’s office.

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