Sentences handed down
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
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115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced eight persons on felony charges between May 1 and Friday, said Upshur County Dist. Atty. Billy Byrd's office.

Details were as follows, and all cases were heard May 1 unless otherwise indicated, the office reported:

Randy Allen Reese, 52, of Gladewater, was placed on five years probation of a 10-year prison term upon pleading guilty to driving while intoxicted—subsequent offense.

He was also fined $2,000 and ordered to perform 400 hours of community service. The Upshur County Sheriff's Office investigated the June 26, 2011 offense.

Byrd represented the state in the sentencing. Attorney Craig Bass represented Reese.

Floyd Dwayne Hughey, 32, of Big Sandy, drew 18 months in state jail for theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 after his probation on that charge was revoked. He admitted violating probation for the Sept. 15, 2007 crime, which the sheriff's office probed.

Asst. Dist. Atty. Edward Choy represented the state in the revocation proceeding. Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Hughey.

Barbara Nell Brooks, 56, of Tyler, drew 15 years in prison upon pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver--cocaine. The sheriff's office investigated the June 16, 2011 crime.

Choy represented the state. Gilmer lawyer Tim Cone represented Brooks.

Michael James Oliver, 46, of Ore City, received seven years in prison after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense. Ore City police probed the March 17, 2011 offense.

Choy and Cone handled the sentencing.

Santos Alvarado, 26, of Ft. Worth, received one year in state jail upon pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated with child passenger.

The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the May 21, 2011 crime. Byrd represented the state in the case; attorney Charles Van Cleef represented Alvarado.

Karl Nicholas Chapman, 30, of Ore City, received concurrent sentences of five years in prison for evading arrest/detention with vehicle, and two years in state jail for burglary of a building, after pleading guilty to both offenses.

The sheriff's office investigated the Sept. 28, 2011 crimes. Byrd and Cone handled the cases.

John Austin Bruce, 42, of Ore City, drew five years in prison for driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense when his probation on that charge was revoked. He admitted violating probation.

The DPS investigated the Nov. 11, 2006 crime. Choy and Bass handled the sentencing.

Allyson Leigh Blythe, 21, of Longview, was placed on seven years "deferred adjudication" probation May 4 upon pleading guilty to "accident involving serious bodily injury."

"Deferred adjudication" means no permanent conviction appears on her record if she successfully completes probation. However, Parish ordered Blythe to serve three weekends in county jail, starting within 30 days after beginning probation.

The defendant is accused of committing the offense Feb. 20, 2010. The DPS investigated.

Among other conditions of probation Parish imposed were a $1,000 fine and 400 hours of community service--100 of which must be performed at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) office in Tyler.

Among other terms of probation, Blythe must also appear on a yearly "Victim Impact Panel" sponsored by MADD.

Byrd represented the state in the sentencing. Attorney Jason Cassel represented Blythe.
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