Getting caught with gun earns habitual offender 30 years in prison
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An Ore City man was sentenced to 30 years in prison as a habitual offender Oct. 11 after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of firearm by felon, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd..

Wesley Lynn Denton, 40, was sentenced by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish for the May 3 offense, said Byrd’s office. Byrd represented the state in the case, while Longview attorney Edward Choy represented Denton.

The indictment against Denton also listed three prior felony convictions: on Dec. 20, 2010, for evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle in Upshur County; on May 22, 2003, for assault on a peace officer in Upshur County; and on Sept. 26, 2005, for unlawful possession of firearm by felon in Gregg County.

Gladewater police investigated the offense for which Denton was sentenced last week, Byrd’s office said.

Denton was among four people Parish sentenced when they pled guilty to felony or misdemeanor charges between Oct. 8 and 11, said Byrd’s office. The office said Byrd represented the state in all four cases, and gave these details:

Brent Aaron Martin, 28, of White Oak, was placed on three years “deferred adjudication” probation Oct. 9 for possession of a controlled substance-psilocin.

Deferred adjudication means no final conviction appears on a defendant’s record if he/she successfully completes probation. Some terms of Martin’s probation included a $1,000 fine and 300 hours of community service.

The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated Martin’s Feb. 24 offense. Attorney Ryan Hill represented Martin.

Tasha Helena Gaspar, 31, of Gilmer, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation Oct. 8 for abandoning or endangering child.

Some terms of her probation include a $500 fine, 240 hours of community service, and taking a parenting class. The Sheriff’s Office probed her April 3 offense.

Attorney Craig Bass represented Gaspar.

In the misdemeanor case, a 20-year-old Gladewater man was placed on one year’s regular probation of a 1-year county jail sentence Oct. 8 for unlawful carrying of a weapon. He was also fined $500 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Gladewater police probed the April 1 offense.
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