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Denison Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison on Drug Conviction

Jackie Lee Roberts, Jr. Jackie Lee Roberts, Jr.

From news release:


            On Thursday, May 7th,  397th District Judge Brian Gary sentenced Jackie Lee Roberts, Jr., 39, of Denison, to 45 years in prison for Possession of Cocaine In An Amount Greater Than 4 Grams But Less Than 200 Grams.    The sentence was handed down after a Grayson County jury convicted Roberts of the charge and recommended the sentence.  Roberts faced a minimum of 25 years in prison after the jury heard evidence that Roberts had been convicted twice previously for felony offenses.   The maximum sentence available to the jury was life in prison.

            On January 29, 2009, Denison Police narcotics officers Brent Rains and Jon Shock witnessed what they believed to be a drug transaction between Roberts and two other individuals inside a vehicle parked at a Denison convenience store at the corner of Bond and Austin Avenue.   Upon approaching the vehicle, the two passengers left the scene and Roberts drove away.    The officers, aware that Roberts drivers' license was under suspension, attempted to stop Roberts' vehicle.   Roberts refused to pull over for the officers, and continued several blocks to his house.    Roberts was uncooperative with officers, and was arrested for Driving Without a License.   In the driver's side armrest of the vehicle, officers found over 6 grams of crack cocaine, $447 in cash, and a wallet with identification information belonging to Roberts.

            During the punishment portion of the trial, the jury heard testimony that Denison police had conducted several undercover purchases of cocaine from Roberts in the past, and that he was known to them as a drug dealer.   The jury also heard that Roberts had been to prison in 1989 for Aggravated Assault, and again in 1993 for Retaliation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and two additional charges of Aggravated Assault. 

            "We appreciate juries in Grayson County recognizing that repeat offenders have been given many chances to comply with the law, and that sooner or later you have to remove them from society," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.   "We have many resources for drug offenders in this county to be able to straighten themselves out, but they have to take responsibility for wanting to change.   This guy has been in and out of the jail for years, had been given probation previously, and has had many opportunities to change.   He continues to deal drugs, and I am glad the jury was tough with him."

Assistant District Attorney Joel Durrett prosecuted the case.  Roberts was represented by Sherman Attorneys Carl White and Pamela McGraw.