Man’s Port Arthur arrest for PCP leads to quarter-century prison sentence

Published 3:49 pm Thursday, March 23, 2023

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Port Arthur Police stopped a suspected intoxicated subject in the summer of 2020.

Fast forward to this week and it has finally led to the man receiving a quarter-century prison sentence.

State District Judge Buddie Hahn of the Drug Impact Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict Thursday and sentenced Jeremiah Jerome Walker, 39, to 25 years in prison.

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Jefferson County District Attorney Keith Giblin made the announcement, saying the case originated June 27, 2020, when patrol officers from the Port Arthur Police Department responded to a call about a man walking around an apartment complex while intoxicated.

When officers arrived, Walker was slow to respond and showed signs of being under the influence of PCP.

Officers found a Scope bottle with a yellow liquid in the defendant’s pocket; the officers believed the yellow liquid to be PCP.

The substance was sent to the Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab, which confirmed that it was Phencyclidine, PCP, weighing more than 7 grams.

Johnson was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Because of his prior convictions, Walker faced Habitual Offender felony punishment range of 25 to 99 years, or life, in prison.

A 12-person jury deliberated for under an hour before returning a verdict of 25 years.

Tommy Coleman, prosecutor in the case, said the D.A.’s office is getting caught up on the backlog of pre-COVID cases.

He said Walker has a previous criminal history, including four felony convictions including one for burglary of a habitation and two for delivery of a controlled substance.

“I have no doubt this played a role in the jury’s decision to sentence the defendant to 25 years,” Coleman said.