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Tyler County Men Plead Guilty, Receive Sentences

By Staff | Dec 8, 2015

Two Tyler County men pleaded guilty and were sentenced Monday before Second Circuit Court Judge Jeff Cramer.

Raymond L. Smith, 26, 8166 Energy Highway, Friendly, pleaded guilty to fleeing with reckless indifference from a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol, said Tyler County Prosecutor D. Luke Furbee.

According to court documents, Smith allegedly did not stop July 7 on Route 7 for a Tyler County Sheriff Deputy Shannon Huffman.

The deputy pursued Smith’s vehicle up a hill and in the grass around a residence before the automobile crashed through a fence and down an embankment. Smith exited the vehicle, ran across Route 7, and dived over a fence, but Huffman was able to capture him. Court documents said when Huffman asked Smith why he ran away, Smith said he was drunk and didn’t want to go to jail. His blood alcohol level was .209 according to court documents.

Smith was sentenced to one to five years in prison for the fleeing charge and fined $1,000; six months for the DUI charge and fined $200 the sentences to be served concurrently, Furbee said. But that prison time is to be served consecutively with the one to 10 year prison term that Smith had been serving prior to his parole for a grand larceny conviction, Furbee said.

Richard G. Thorn of Tyler County pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, Furbee said. He was sentenced to one to five years sentenced suspended with one year of supervised probation.