District Judge Eddie Northcutt sentenced a 62-year-old Sulphur Springs man Tuesday to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation for shooting at police last year.
Terry Randall Yankey had pled guilty earlier to two charges of aggravated assault against a public servant in connection with an incident in January 2012 in which shots were fired at officers during a 2 1/2 hour standoff at a residence on South Locust Street.
Officers had been sent to the address to check on Yankey after receiving information someone at the house was wanting to commit suicide.
In the sentencing hearing Tuesday, District Attorney Will Ramsay said a number of law enforcement officers were called to testify.
“We really wanted to put on our case in sentencing just so the judge would have a full idea of the facts and how aggravating the facts were,” Ramsay said. “This man, back on Jan. 16, 2012, shot at two of our sheriff's deputies after being barricaded in his house — he shot through a window.”
One of those shots, Ramsay said, came close to hitting one officer in the head.
“Deputy Garry McLarry noticed the next day his Kevlar helmet had a gash in it which we believe came from one of the .40-caliber bullets that came through the windows at the police officers as they were doing their job and deploying their [tear] gas,” the district attorney said. “So, we put on our full case, which was made up with law enforcement testimony.”
Also offering testimony was a U.S. Secret Service agent who had interviewed Yankee in connection with a prior incident.
Ramsay said he wanted the sentence to send a message.
“We, obviously, wanted to send a message, that you can't respond and retaliate in this manner without reaping the consequences,” Ramsay said. “I was happy with how it turned out. There was a big range in punishment, from probation to life in prison.”
Judge Northcutt sentenced Yankey to serve 10 years in prison on one of the charges, and at the successful conclusion of that sentence, to serve an additional 10 years on deferred adjudication probation with special stipulations added to the probation requirements.
Sulphur Springs attorney Heath Hyde represented Yankey.
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