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.