Weatherford Democrat

Top News

January 31, 2013

Meth conviction gets Jack Co. man 99-year prison term

Jury hears of Preston’s four previous felony convictions before delivering maximum punishment

(Continued)

Prosecutors also called a Security Threat Group analyst from the Texas prison system, who told jurors that Preston’s numerous tattoos included some indicative of his affinity with white supremacist prison gangs. The analyst described the types of crimes commonly committed by those organizations both inside and outside Texas prisons.

Jurors deliberated for about 25 minutes Wednesday morning before finding Preston guilty. Prosecutors told the jury of Preston’s four prior felony convictions, including a 30-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a 20-year sentence for felon in possession of a firearm, both in 2002, as well as two-year sentences for burglary of a building and engaging in organized criminal activity in the 1990s.

Placke pointed out to jurors that by the age of 40, Preston had already amassed sentences totaling 54 years in prison.

Jurors deliberated for less than 15 minutes before returning with their verdict sentencing Preston to 99 years in prison.

“My office appreciates the strong stand taken by jurors against repeat felons who traffic drugs through our community,” said District Attorney Don Schnebly.

Charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams, Hoadley, of Jacksboro,  pleaaded guilty and was convicted in July, receiving 10 years deferred adjudication.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results