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Upshur County Commissioner Crabtree, son, released on bond

From Staff Reports
Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:19 a.m.


<span class="paragraph-1">Upshur County Pct. 3 Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree and his son, Todd Crabtree, were released from the Upshur County Jail after posting bonds this morning, jail records show.</span>

<span class="paragraph-1">The pair were arrested Saturday and <span class="paragraph-1">booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant. Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said more charges were likely as the investigation continues.</span></span>

<span class="paragraph-1"><span class="paragraph-1">According to jail records, the elder Crabtree was released about 9 a.m. after posting $40,000 bond. He had been booked into jail at 6:38 p.m. Saturday. Todd Crabtree, who had been booked into jail at 7:47 p.m. Saturday, also was released about 9 a.m. after posting $40,000 bond.</span></span>

 The arrests stemmed from an incident on Crabtree's land in Big Sandy, Byrd said, when a game warden and other law enforcement officers were threatened with firearms. In addition to additional charges against Crabtree and his son, the district attorney indicated additional charges were possible against others who were involved.

Aggravated assault against a public servant is a first-degree felony and carries a sentence of five years to 99 years in prison or life imprisonment. It can also carry a fine of up to $10,000. Should more charges be brought for threatening other peace officers who were at the scene, Byrd said each charge would carry the same punishment range.

Lloyd Crabtree has served since 2005 as Upshur County's commissioner in Pct. 3, which encompasses Gladewater, Union Grove, Big Sandy, and Pritchett. Frank Berka defeated Crabtree in the Republican Party primary earlier this year and is scheduled to take office Jan. 1.

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