Man Who Skipped Trial Gets 30 Years in Prison

Published 10/15 2012 03:48PM

Updated 10/15 2012 06:56PM

    A drug suspect who didn't show up for the last day of his jury trial last month is sentenced in the 30th District Court.
    A 30th District Court jury found Ronnie Dabney guilty of manufacturing a controlled substance, more than 400 grams.
    He'll serve 30 years in prison for that charge.
    Dabney skipped out on the last day of his trial last month.
    He took the stand today and told attorneys that he didn't show up because he thought he had already been found guilty and he wanted to go to the lake with his dogs.
    When he didn't show up for court, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
    Wichita County sheriff's deputies say they eventually found him hiding under some trees at Holliday Creek, near the Flying J Truck Stop in the 23-hundred block of Jacksboro Highway.
    Three other men were arrested for hindering his arrest.

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