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Jury convicts, sentences man accused of killing Grayson County deputy Chad Key


GRAYSON COUNTY -- The weight of the day eventually became too much to take.

Emotion crippled families of both the victim and suspect. Some had to be helped out of the courtroom on the final day of the Rickey Stanley trial.

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"There were a lot of tears this week from the Stanley family, the Key family, but that's the reality of drinking and driving," Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said.

Friday, a jury convicted Stanley of murder and first-degree aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury to a public servant.

That public servant is Grayson County Deputy Chad Key.

Dash camera video shows the scene Deputy Key was directing traffic around when he was hit and killed by the pick-up truck Stanley was driving.

His blood alcohol content was .18 at the time.

The jury was made up of four women and eight men. They went into deliberations late Thursday afternoon but ended minutes later after an emotional day in the courtroom. It took them four hours Friday morning to reach a verdict.

The punishment phase began immediately after the verdict was read.

Jurors heard from a Gunter police officer who arrested Stanley for DWI in August 2012, eight months before the Key accident. In dash-camera video shown to the jurors, the officer told Stanley he was "an accident waiting to happen."

"Then it happens. It was a sad coincidence but certainly strong evidence," Brown said.

Jurors deliberated for two hours before sentencing Stanley to 99 years in prison for murder and 42 years for the aggravated assault charge.

"I just spoke to one of the jurors and they were very clear that the message was, ‘We don't want drunk drivers, we don't want repeat drunk drivers on our streets and we want to respect what law enforcement does for us,'" Brown said.

Deputy Key's widow, April, delivered a tearful victim impact statement telling Stanley their three sons, the youngest of which turns one on Valentine's day, will now have to grow up without a father.

Key's father, Barry, also read a victim impact statement revealing Key is his second son to be killed in an accident involving alcohol. He broke down but managed to say he and his wife "have lost two of our babies and that's not the way life is supposed to be."

Stanley will be eligible for parole after 30 years. He has the right to appeal the conviction.