Maximum term imposed in drug delivery case
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Aug 17, 2014 | 1220 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print


A 44-year-old Longview man was sentenced to two concurrent 2-year state jail terms Wednesday, two days after pleading guilty to two charges of delivering drugs, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.

Kevin Lee Mann was sentenced to the maximum term by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance - less than one gram of methamphetamine, Byrd’s office said.

Mann sold drugs on Dec. 3, 2012 and Dec. 4, 2012 in eastern Upshur County “to a confidential source who was wired with a covert video camera and recorded the drug buys,” Byrd said in a news release.

Upon pleading guilty before a jury was to be selected for his case, Mann asked the court to conduct a sentencing hearing, Byrd wrote. It was held Wednesday.

The prosecution, represented by Assistant District Attorney A. Camille Henson, called Gilmer police officer Casey Driggers as a fingerprint expert to prove Mann’s prior six criminal convictions, the district attorney said. She also called the narcotics investigator who worked the latest case, Byrd wrote.

“The videos of the deliveries were played before the court and afterwards the state rested,” he continued. “While the defense (represented by Longview attorney Scott Novy) called no witnesses. They argued that his (Mann’s) plea of guilty should be considered,” Byrd added.

Henson, however, “argued that the maximum sentence was appropriate” since Mann also has two methamphetamine-related charges pending in Gregg County, and because of his prior convictions, Byrd wrote.

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