Gregg County man handed lengthy sentence for harassment of public servant

Gregg County man handed lengthy sentence for harassment of public servant

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Longview man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for harassing a public servant.

A Gregg County jury found Roger Benefield guilty and sentenced him to confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice today.

In June, Benefield was found to be harassing a female at Magrill Plaza. Officer Larry Solomon of the Longview Police Department intervened. Benefield became belligerent with Officer Solomon and spit on him.

Benefield's punishment was enhanced to that of a habitual offender due to having been convicted of two prior felonies. After hearing all the evidence and finding both prior convictions true, the jury handed Benefield the lengthy sentence.

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