UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The 30-year-old man who caused a wreck in Upshur County that killed one person agreed to a plea deal of 16 years each for charges of intoxicated manslaughter and assault.
As part of the plea deal, Noe Paz-Aguillon, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to felony charges of intoxicated manslaughter with a deadly weapon and intoxicated assault with a deadly weapon. He appeared at the Upshur County Courthouse for a plea hearing Tuesday.
On Jan. 18, 2014, Paz was allegedly involved in a crash that resulted in the death of Charles Gibbs of Overton.
Paz-Aguillon was sentenced to two 16-year prison terms for the charges for a total of 32 years.
Paz-Aguillon originally pleaded not guilty to the charges. However, one of the jurors called in because her child broke his or her leg. At that point, the defense had to agree to an alternate juror.
During that process, Paz-Aguillon decided to take a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to the two charges as part of the plea deal. He won't be up for parole until he serves half of his 32-year sentence.
Paz-Aguillon's two prison sentences will be concurrent.
After the wreck on Jan. 18, Paz-Aguillon was hospitalized until Feb. 1, 2014, when he was released to the custody of the Upshur County Sheriff's Office. On Feb. 4, 2014, he was released to federal authorities for an ICE detainer.
Once in their custody, he was taken to a Dallas facility and later released and placed under home arrest. According to the district attorney's office, Paz-Aguillon fled the country at that time and went to Mexico.
Paz-Aguillon was again arrested in April 2018, on the two felony warrants from 2014. He was apprehended in Oklahoma on April 4 when he re-entered the country illegally.
District Attorney Billy Byrd said Paz-Aguillon had previously been deported twice from the United States prior to this offense.
Paz-Aguillon is currently in the Upshur County Jail with no bond set.