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Wayne John Glover, (DOB: 07/12/1968) from Roxton, Texas, was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison today (August 16) for the second degree felony offense of Manslaughter. He had no prior felony convictions and was eligible for probation for this offense.
On September 24, 2015, at a location north of Gilmer on State Highway 271, a Gilmer ISD school bus traveling southbound was stopped letting a special needs student off in the afternoon. Both the southbound lane of traffic and the northbound lane were lawfully stopped in the roadway for the school bus. Mr. Donald Gene Scott, a 46 year old husband and father of two little girls and a resident of Lindale, Texas, was stopped on the roadway when the very large and heavy 18 wheeler rock truck driven by the defendant hit him from behind and killed him. Evidence showed that this defendant failed to maintain a proper outlook and was using his cellphone inside the truck while he was driving 60 miles per hour and hit Mr. Scott’s vehicle from behind and never applied his brakes until after the collision had occurred. Mr. Scott died as a result of the impact when his vehicle was crushed under the force of the 18 wheeler hitting him from behind.
By failing to maintain a proper outlook and based on the special duty imposed on the defendant by virtue of his CDL license, the State brought charges that Wayne Glover acted reckless on September 24, 2015, and that reckless conduct caused the death of Donald Gene Scott.
The defendant pled guilty to this offense. A jury was selected last Monday to hear evidence today. However, the defendant agreed to the ten year sentence that was offered and was agreed to by Mr. Scott’s family prior to trial this morning. The defendant was eligible for the jury to consider granting his request of probation. By accepting this sentence, he waived all rights to appeal the sentence. Mr. Scott’s family was inside the courtroom to witness the proceedings conducted before Judge Lauren Parish. The defendant was remorseful and expressed his regrets and admitted his own fault. I have always believed and will maintain the belief that an individual’s acceptance of responsibility in their criminal conduct is valuable not only to punishment and sentencing but also their own rehabilitation. His acceptance of guilt and responsibility was a factor in this decision. I am grateful to our citizens willing to serve on this jury and although they did not render the decision, their presence alone and willingness to serve their community brought about justice today.
The State was represented by Billy W. Byrd while the defendant was represented by Gilmer Attorney, Matthew Patton.