Man found passed out in roadway sentenced to 20 years

Published 10:16 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016

District Attorney Bob Wortham has announced that a jury of the Drug Impact Court has found Wallace Joseph Green guilty of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) in an amount of at least 1 gram and less than 4 grams. That crime is a third-degree felony, but with the Defendant’s prior conviction for Murder in 1997, this case was enhanced to a second-degree felony punishable by a minimum of two years to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

On Nov. 3, 2014, the Port Arthur Police Department responded to a call involving an intoxicated man passed out behind the wheel in the middle of the roadway. The man was eventually arrested for a DWI. In the course of arresting the defendant, officers located 1.939 grams of crack cocaine in his pocket. The man was previously convicted of murder in the second degree on Oct. 29, 1997, and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

The jury found the defendant guilty of possession of a controlled substance on Nov. 3, 2015. The Defendant asked the court to assess punishment and Judge Larry Gist sentenced the Defendant today to twenty years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Logan Campbell prosecuted the case.

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