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Longview murder suspect sentenced for probation violation

By Sarah Thomas sthomas@news-journal.com
June 20, 2013 at 10 p.m.


A Longview man who is scheduled to be tried on a murder charge later this year has been sentenced to 22 months in state jail for violating the conditions of probation on a 2011 conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

According to documents filed in the Gregg County District Clerk's office, Troy Carnell Sadler, 19, was sentenced to four years probation after he pleaded guilty in June 2011 to the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge.

Three months later, he was arrested and charged in the death of 31-year-old Orion Peoples, who was found dead of gunshot wounds inside a home in the 100 block of Hutchings Boulevard.

According to documents from the 188th District Court, Sadler broke several terms of his probation when he possessed a firearm, failed to complete four hours per month of community service and failed to pay monthly probation fees, fines, court costs and court appointed attorney fees.

Sadler also failed to abstain from using controlled substances and admitted he had used K2 while on probation, according to the documents.

Authorities have filed additional charges of aggravated assault against Sadler after Christopher Carter, 23, of Longview told police that Sadler pointed a gun at him and assaulted him at the time Peoples was killed.

Sadler is set to appear Oct. 14 before Judge David Brabham, and he has a specially set trial date Oct. 21.

He remains in the Gregg County Jail on $115,000 in bonds on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and murder.

Saddler was booked into the jail Sept. 27, 2011, and will receive credit toward the probation violation sentence for the 21 months he has served in jail.

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