Drug conviction nets 99-year sentence

October 16, 2013

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With a dozen prior criminal convictions already on his resume, a 52-year-old Hood County man last week was sentenced to 99 years in prison by the jury that convicted him of two felony drug offenses.

David Lee Kelley, of the 4500 block of Billy June Road in the Montego Bay subdivision southeast of Granbury, will be eligible for parole after he has served less than 15 years, according to Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian.

In district court Thursday, Kelley was convicted of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver as well as possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver, Christian said. He was arrested after narcotics officers from the Hood County Sheriff’s Office responded to a tip that a man was selling meth in the Montego Bay subdivision, Christian said.

“Deputies found Kelley in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and oxycodone along with scales, baggies, over $1,600 in cash, and other paraphernalia used in the packaging and distribution of narcotics,” the D.A. said.

Kelley’s criminal history included prior felony convictions for possession of amphetamine, aggravated assault, stalking and forgery, facts presented to the jury by Assistant D.A. Megan Chalifoux, Christian noted.

“Evidence of Kelley’s prior felony convictions elevated his punishment range to 25 years to 99 years or life, Christian stated. “The jury removed a drug dealer and career criminal from our community. This is another example of good work by the Hood County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit.”

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