A Texas man was sentenced to 65 years in prison on May 31 after he was convicted on possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The 36-year-old man reportedly had five previous felony convictions, leading him to be charged as a habitual offender. He was sentenced by a jury following 90 minutes of deliberation.

The charges the man was convicted on were identical to federal charges he had pleaded guilty to in 2014. As a result of those federal charges, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison. He was brought from federal prison to Waco for the three-day trial. Although the prosecutors asked that the prison sentence be stacked onto his federal sentence, meaning he would only begin to serve the 65 years once his federal prison term was up, the judge ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.

Initially, the man had been offered a 30-year prison sentence from prosecutors prior to his trial, which he rejected. He is required to serve at least 25 percent of his prison sentence before he is able to seek parole.

In Texas, a person can be charged as a habitual offender. This can result in consequences that are far more severe than for a first or second offense. A criminal law attorney may investigate the case behind a drug charge to determine whether authorities followed proper procedures throughout their investigation and when they took the person into custody. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the attorney may challenge evidence that the prosecution presents. This might mean working to have certain evidence deemed inadmissible by the court and thus unusable by the prosecution.

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald, “Waco man sentenced to 65 years in drug case“, Tommy Witherspoon, 05/31/2018