BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
115th District Judge Lauren Parish on Monday sentenced five felony defendants who pleaded guilty on plea bargains rather than open jury selection for their trials, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.
Details were as follows, said Byrd:
Jerry Lynn Davis, 43, of Pittsburg, drew eight years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon–family violence. He was charged with stabbing and/or cutting the unnamed victim with a two-pronged grilling fork on Sept. 26, 2016.
Assistant District Attorney Rebecca J. Ojeman represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney John Moore represented Davis.
Christopher Carl Lindsay, 47, of Longview, drew 16 months in state jail for possession of a controlled substance–methamhetamine. He was on parole at the time of the offense.
Lindsay was charged after failing to signal a turn at the intersection of FM 1650 and FM 726. He “admitted to failing to signal and to having no driver’s license. Mr. Lindsay also admitted to being on his way to a known drug dealer’s home.”
When asked, he gave consent to search his vehicle and person, resulting in methamphetamine being found in the vehicle’s console and the front pocket of Lindsay’s jeans. A set of scales was also found in the back seat.
Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Brandt Thorson represented Lindsay.
Gabrielle Nicole Irons-Gillaspy, 20, of Gilmer, received 16 months in state jail for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. She stole a purse July 22, 2017, and used debit and credit cards in it without permission.
Byrd and Moore handled the sentencing on that and the other cases mentioned below.
Melvin Lewis Glidewell, 54, of Tyler, received 15 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance–methamphetamine.
Glidewell was arrested as the result of a Nov. 11, 2016 traffic stop on Texas 155 for driving a vehicle with an expired registration. Once he consented to the vehicle being searched, six needles were found in the console with a bag of methamphetamine.
At the county jail, Glidewell admitted “the drugs were his and that he bought them for personal use.” Byrd and Moore handled the sentencing. STOP
Anthony Earl Tutor, 31, of Gilmer, drew 20 years in prison for delivery of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone while engaging in organized criminal activity. (The offense occurred Oct. 17, 2016, said a spokeswoman for Upshur County District Clerk Karen Bunn.)
Tutor was the “least culpable” of three defendants arrested in the case. A co-defendant, Ashley Grubbs, had already pleaded guilty for a 40-year prison term while the case of the third defendant, a male, is pending.