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E. Texas man sentenced for burglary, evading arrest

Jeremy James Pierce. Photo Source: Henderson County District Attorney's Office. Jeremy James Pierce. Photo Source: Henderson County District Attorney's Office.

Released by the Henderson County District Attorney's Office:

ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - Jeremy James Pierce, 21, of Athens, was sentenced to 17 years in prison Monday for the burglary of an Athens residence that occurred in November of last year.  Pierce was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bridget Bateman.  Judge Mark Calhoon of the 3rd Judicial District Court imposed the sentence after Pierce pled guilty to the offense as well as an offense of evading arrest for which he was sentenced to 20 months in state jail. 

Pierce was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury after Henderson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Cayce Hampton took a report of a burglary just outside of the Athens city limits on County Road 1208 in early November of last year.

Investigator Billy Jack Valentine who was assigned to investigate the burglary learned that Athens Police Officer Ricky Garza had been in a vehicle pursuit with an individual the same day as the burglary report.  On the day of the burglary, Garza spotted a vehicle matching the description of a report of a suspect attempting to sell items that were potentially stolen.   As Garza attempted to stop the vehicle near the 800 block of West Corsicana, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed.  Garza was able to catch up with the vehicle after a short pursuit on U.S. 175 near the loop.  However, when he approached the vehicle, the suspect had fled on foot.  After the pursuit, Garza located items that had been reportedly taken in the burglary. 

Det. William Carlow of the Athens Police Department was assigned to investigate the evading case and during the investigation learned that Pierce was the driver involved in the evading arrest.

Meanwhile, Valentine continued to investigate the burglary and gathered sufficient information to obtain an arrest warrant from Percent 4 Justice of the Peace Kelly Harris.

On November 4th, 2011, Athens Detective Don Yarbrough and Adam Parkins located and arrested Pierce.  After his arrest, Pierce confessed to the burglary and evading arrest.  He also told police where they could find most of the items stolen in the burglary.  Most of the stolen valuables were recovered and returned to the owner.

District Attorney Scott McKee credited the work and partnerships between Ray Nutt's Sherriff's Office and the Athens Police Department.   "This is yet another example of the partnerships we have in solving crimes between law enforcement agencies.  Said McKee.  "Sherriff Nutt and I made a commitment upon assuming office that we would break down the barriers between departments and work as a team."  According to McKee, Sherriff Nutt reinstated the monthly intelligence meetings between departments as well as quarterly chief's meetings shortly after taking office.  McKee credits this teamwork approach with numerous arrests over the past 3 and ½ years." 

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