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Trinity man sentenced to 18 years
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GROVETON – A 23-year-old Trinity man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted on Feb. 25 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Tommie “Bug” Simmons was found guilt by a Trinity County jury of shooting Jarvis “J.D.” Tyson on Aug. 1, 2008 at Trinity residence. The jury deliberated for about 30 minutes before finding Simmons guilty, according to District Attorney Joe Ned Dean. Visiting Judge David Wilson then sentenced Simmons to prison. The charge, a second-degree felony, carried a possible prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years. Tyson, who sustained three gunshot wounds in the attack, including two to his abdomen, was taken to East Texas Medical Center-Tyler where he was initially reported in critical condition. Following numerous surgeries, he has since recovered. Simmons fled the area following the shooting and subsequent attempts by Trinity police to arrest him lead officers on two occasions to drug arrests around Simmons’ residence. He was subsequently captured on Sept. 20, 2009 after Trinity police received a tip regarding his location through the Crime Stoppers program. A team of officers went to a mobile home on Rockdale Street and found Simmons hiding in a bathroom. Once confronted by police, he surrendered without further incident.


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