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Sentences handed down

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Correspondent
GILMER--115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 12 persons for 
felony offenses and one on a misdemeanor charge after all pled guilty 
between June 4 and 11, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy 
Byrd’s office.
Details of the felony sentencings were as follows, the office reported:
Glen Edward Bishop, 37, of Gilmer, received 18 months in state jail 
June 4 for delivery of a controlled substance--heroin.
The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated the March 24, 2012 
offense. Byrd represented the state at sentencing, while Gilmer 
attorney Dwight Brannon represented Bishop.
Ted Demarcus McDonald, 27, of Gilmer, drew 16 months in state jail June 
4 for delivery of a controlled substance--methamphetamine.
The sheriff’s office investigated the April 12, 2012 crime. Assistant 
District Attorney Natalie Miller represented the state in the case; 
Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented McDonald.
William Gene Butler, 54, of Diana, was placed on five years “deferred 
adjudication” probation June 4 for possession of marijuana.
“Deferred adjudication” means no final conviction appears on the 
records of defendants who successfully complete such probation. 
However, if such probation is revoked, the defendant can receive a 
sentence of up to the maximum punishment for the crime under state law.
The sheriff’s office investigated Butler’s March 5 offense. (Butler is 
not the Bill Butler who once worked for the Gilmer Police Department 
and Upshur County Sheriff’s Office).
Some terms of Butler’s probation included a $3,500 fine and 400 hours 
of community service.
Assistant District Attorney A. Camille Henson represented the state. 
Brannon represented Butler.
Shirley Dotson Finley, 41, of Gilmer, was placed on five years 
probation of a 2-year state jail term June 4 for possession of 
methamphetamine. However, she must serve 30 days in county jail as one 
term of probation.
She was also fined $1,500 and ordered to perform 400 hours of community 
service.
The sheriff’s office probed Finley’s April 18, 2012 offense. Henson 
represented the state in the case; Gladewater attorney Barry Wallace 
represented Finley.
Richard Allen Baxter, 23, of Gilmer, drew four years in prison June 10 
for assault against public servant. The sheriff’s office investigated 
the Feb. 23 offense.
Byrd represented the state. Gilmer attorney Tim Cone represented 
Baxter.
Zachary Alexander Lowe, 23, of Euless, was placed on five years 
deferred adjudication probation June 10 for fraudulent use or 
possession of identifying information.
Gilmer police probed the Dec. 1, 2011 crime. Lowe was fined $1,500, 
ordered to pay $1,203.61 restitution to the victim, and ordered to 
perform 400 hours of community service.
Miller represented the state. Longview attorney John Moore represented 
Lowe.
Chasity Lenora Davis, 34, of Gilmer, was placed on 10 years deferred 
adjudication probation June 10 for sexual assault of a child.
Gilmer police investigated the July 1, 2012 crime. Among Davis’s terms 
of probation are a $1,000 fine, 400 hours of community service, 
registering as a sex offender, and “counseling as needed,” among others.
Byrd and Moore handled the sentencing.
James Neal Wood, 53, of Daingerfield, received nine years in prison 
June 11 for driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense.
Ore City police dealt with the Dec. 20, 2012 crime. Miller represented 
the state; Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented Wood.
Philip Lee Arrington, 46, of Gilmer, was placed on five years deferred 
adjudication probation June 11 for possession of marijuana.
The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the Dec. 9, 2012, 
crime. Some terms of Arrington’s probation include a $3,000 fine, 400 
hours of community service, and a school for DWI repeat offenders.
Miller and Cone handled the sentencing.
Eric Cornelius Johnson, 32, of Diana, was placed on 10 years deferred 
adjudication probation June 11 for tampering with physical evidence.
Some terms of his probation include a $2,000 fine and 600 hours of 
community service. The sheriff’s office investigated the Nov. 15, 2012 
offense.
Miller and Cone handled the sentencing.
George Lancey Hubbard, Jr., 25, of Tyler, was placed on eight years 
probation of a 10-year prison term June 11 for evading arrest/detention 
with vehicle.
Some terms of his probation include a $2,500 fine, 600 hours of 
community service, and taking “anger management.” Big Sandy police 
worked his March 30 case.
Henson represented the state. Longview attorney Charles Van Cleef 
represented Hubbard.
Heather Lanae New, 28, of Longview, received three years probation of a 
2-year state jail term June 11 for theft of property of the value of 
$1,500 or more but less than $20,000.
Gilmer police investigated her Jan. 13 offense. Some conditions of 
probation include a $1,000 fine, $1,729 restitution to the victim, 400 
hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation, and going to 
the Bowie County Treatment Center.
Byrd and Cone handled the case.
In the misdemeanor case, said Byrd’s office, a Gilmer man who turned 18 
on Thursday drew one year in county jail June 6 for criminal trespass 
of a habitation.