I thought there was going to be a trial not just a plea bargain! What was their excuse for not taking him to the hospital when he asked or at least dialing 911 on his phone before they left him? Too many unanswered questions to past statements and rumors!
Everyone who is accused of a crime is given the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty. if they plead "not" the case goes to trial. If they plead "guilty" the judge decides the penalty under the laws of the state. No "bargain" was mentioned but that doesn't mean there wasn't one on, or under, the table.
Come on folks! “Plead-em out” Milam is supporting the Drug Court. He is sending Mr. Horton and Ms. Nordan to 18 months each into the Drug Court Program. Total 36 months for just those two individuals.
Look at the Drug Court and its employees. It is no more than an Employment Agency for retired Judges, retired Law Enforcement Officers and other court related types, ie, bailiffs, guards, et al. During his last year our last Sheriff was so busy with the Drug Court and his health issues that his Sheriff’s job was de facto taken over by Brad White. BTW I think Brad White is doing an outstanding job as our Sheriff.
Larry Waller took a position with the Drug Court at a higher salary than his Sheriff’s salary, I am told. Health issues were not a problem when it came to new employment once he decided not to run for Sheriff. In many ways, Lamar County is ripe with the good-ole-boys and a strong diet of crony politics with a little nepotism mixed in for good measure.
This whole Drug Court is nothing but a boondoggle which cost taxpayers in our area lots of tax dollars. Historically the Court/Law Enforcement/Probate/Magistrate and other court/related entities are around 50% of our entire county budget. Seems like a real rip off when such a small percentage of our citizens ever become involved with the legal system other than routine type business, ie, probates at death, gun permits, etc..
This Drug Court is a costly feel-good program and a very intrusive government intervention into one’s personal life