Lufkin repeat offender gets 20-year prison sentence

Lufkin repeat offender gets 20-year prison sentence
Angelina Co. Jail
Friday, September 30, 2011 - 9:12am

A Lufkin man arrested last year on charges of burning his mother’s house down with a methamphetamine lab received a 20-year sentence this week on an unrelated charge.

James Durham Jr., 36, is set to serve the next 20 years in prison after a sentence for third-degree felony evading arrest was handed down by Judge Gerald Goodwin Tuesday.

Although Durham normally would have faced up to 10 years in prison, the potential penalty was enhanced due to his previous convictions. Prosecutor Dale Summa said that after reviewing Durham’s record, including 36 arrests in Angelina County alone, Goodwin gave the maximum sentence of 20 years.

Summa said Durham got emotional on the stand Tuesday, explaining his life story to the judge and how he wanted help for his drug problem.

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