Man sentenced to 10 years; witness cited for contempt

October 27, 2012

A woman tried to take responsibility for illegal drugs being discussed during the trial of a man charged with possession of methamphetamine, but ended up being put away for six months and will also face a felony charge of her own, according to Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian.

Timothy Lee Seaver, 41, of Stephenville, was on trial last week in 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury facing a third-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance. The charge stemmed from his arrest by Granbury police last Christmas Eve.

Brandie Michelle Sams, 37, also of Stephenville, testified on Seaver’s that the meth found in his vehicle belonged to her.

Sams’ plan to help out her friend didn’t quite work out.

Seaver was sentenced on Oct. 19, to 10 years in prison, and Sams will also be spending some time behind bars.

She testified that she had borrowed Seaver’s vehicle “and accidentally left the two grams of methamphetamine in it,” according to Assistant District Attorney Lori Kaspar.

“Sams admitted being a longtime methamphetamine user and said she was going through withdrawal because she had not had methamphetamine in several days,” Kaspar said, noting Sams refused to state where she got the meth.

Judge Ralph Walton ruled Sams in contempt of court and she was taken into custody on the spot. Walton ruled that she will have to spend six months in jail and pay a $500 fine. She was also charged with a third-degree felony count of possession of the 2 grams of meth ($10,000 bond) because of her confession under oath, according to Kaspar.

Kaspar explained that under the law, possession of illegal drugs is not the same as ownership – and it is possible for more than one person to possess the same drugs.

“Despite the fact that Judge Walton told Ms. Sams she had a Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, she gave up that right,” Kaspar said. “Then when she refused to name the person who sold her the methamphetamine, the judge held her in contempt of court.”

Kaspar said that Seaver had traveled to Granbury from Stephenville on Dec. 23, 2011. After midnight, a Granbury police officer became suspicious when he noticed Seaver drive from one motel to another at 3 a.m.

The officer made a traffic stop and the meth, plus about $5,300 in cash, was found during an inventory of the vehicle’s contents before it was towed and impounded, Kaspar noted.

Seaver will be eligible for parole in 2-1/2 years, according to Kaspar. Sams is serving her six-month sentence in the Somervell County Jail, which is where all of Hood County’s female inmates are held.

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