|Trusty who stole drugs from jail sentenced|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
January 9, 2004 -- The 40-year-old jail trusty accused in May of stealing more than 400 grams of cocaine from Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday
The punishment reached as part of a deal with the Eighth Judicial District attorney's office.
Richard Hugh Archer of Paris agreed to serve 25 years in prison in exchange for a plea of "guilty or nolo contendere" before Judge Robert Newsom Monday afternoon. Archer was officially charged with possession of a controlled substance. He will receive credit for time served in the county jail beginning May 19, 2003.
Archer's charge was enhanced because of three other convictions for possession of controlled substances and numerous other felony charges as well.
In another case heard before Eighth Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom Monday, 56-year-old John Lynn Millsap of Cumby pleaded guilty to bail jumping and failure to appear, third-degree felony offenses occurring Nov. 3, according to court records. Millsap received a two-year sentence on each charge, both to be served concurrently. Millsap will receive credit for time served beginning on Nov. 27 when he was arrested.
A jury was also picked Monday for the sentencing phase of the trial for James Christopher Henley. The 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man is accused of possession of more than one gram but less than four grams of cocaine. Henley elected to have a jury assess punishment instead of the judge after pleading guilty on the felony drug charge. Sentencing arguments and testimony is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, in the Eighth Judicial District Court.