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Judge lowers bonds for ex-Upshur County commissioner, son in game warden assault

By Christina Lane
Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

An Upshur County district judge drastically lowered bonds today for a former commissioner and his son, who were each being held on $1.5 million bonds, facing multiple felony charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

District Judge Lauren Parish lowered former Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree's bond to $150,000 and his son Todd Crabtree's bond to $100,000, District Attorney Billy Byrd said.

The Crabtrees' attorney, Clifton "Scrappy" Holmes said he is in the process of posting bond for the men now.

"We are very appreciative of that conduct," Holmes said regarding the bond reduction.

There are multiple conditions to the reduction, Byrd said. Conditions include that the Crabtrees must surrender all weapons and firearms to Gilmer's Department of Public Safety within 24 hours; surrender their passports; make no contact with the victims; and not go within a 1-mile radius of any of the victims' homes, he said.

The Crabtrees were taken into custody Friday and held over the weekend in the Upshur County Jail under $1.5 million bonds each on multiple felony indictments stemming from an October incident in which they allegedly disarmed a state game warden and held him at gunpoint.

Byrd said Lloyd Crabtree's bond remained higher than his son's because he was charged with assaulting three separate peace officers while Todd Crabtree was charged with assaulting one.

Byrd said he could not comment on why Parish chose to reduce the bonds, but added there will not be a hearing Thursday.

"My main concern is that they we were one trigger pull away from multiple capital murder charges against multiple peace officers," Byrd said.



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