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Longview man sentenced to 25 years for burglary

From Staff Reports
July 13, 2017 at 3:26 p.m.

Detric Deshawn Sheffield (Gregg County Jail photo)

A Longview burglar who last fall tried to flee police on a stolen bicycle and on foot was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to a burglary charge.

Longview police went to a residence on Lane Wells Drive the morning of Sept. 20 after neighbors reported a suspicious person. Officers found Detric Deshawn Sheffield, 31, walking around the back of a home carrying a duffel bag and a backpack.

Authorities said Sheffield grabbed a bicycle and fled, later abandoning the bike and running. He was caught a few blocks away and police recovered gaming systems and video games taken from a nearby home.

Sheffield was defended in the 188th District Court by Scott Novy.

Assistant District Attorney Debbie Garrett prosecuted Sheffield. Her case included securing an enhancement on the burglary charge from second to first degree because of a previous conviction.

Gregg County records show Sheffield was found guilty of burglary of a habitation in 2007 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was held since his 2016 arrest on the burglary charge plus a state-prison system warrant accusing him of breaking terms of his parole.

Garrett credited the work of Longview Detectives Rebecca Reeves and Armando Juarez-Ortega for securing Sheffield's guilty plea, which included a waiver of his right to appeal.

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