Man gets 10 years on probation violation

November 16, 2013

A 37-year-old Comanche Harbor resident who admitted using alcohol in violation of his probation was sentenced on Tuesday in district court to 10 years in prison.

Russell Lloyd Harnack, of the 1100 block of Scenic Drive, was originally charged in June 2011 with a felony count for possessing a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. He testified in front of Judge Ralph Walton that deputies found methamphetamine in one of his pockets when he was being booked into the Hood County Jail at that time.

A Granbury police officer testified Tuesday that he responded to a Sept. 17 call at a local restaurant where he spoke with Harnack, who told him “he had a beer before going into the restaurant.”

Harnack’s probation officer, who testified that he was already on strict “shock” probation and had spent “probably less than six months” in prison, also told the judge that Harnack tested positive for alcohol. The probation officer then recommended that Harnack’s probation be revoked.

After revoking the probation, Walton noted that Harnack’s 10-year prison sentence would be credited with time served.

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