A man arrested on charges of abducting of a baby in Dean last August, which were later dismissed, is sentenced to attempted evading arrest in an unrelated case.
34-year-old Billy Jo Pitchford pleaded guilty to attempted evading arrest and was given 180 days in a state jail, with 49 days credit for time served.
Pitchford was arrested after Clay County authorities say he kidnapped a 5-month-old baby he said was his son. Court officials say that charge was dismissed, reportedly for lack of evidence and because it was evidently determined the boy was in fact, his son.
That baby was found safe the same day in a Wichita Falls apartment. The evading arrest charge came in October 2015 when deputies say Pitchford was involved in a stolen motorcycle chase.
Wichita County Sheriff, David Duke said the motorcycle was going more than 100 miles per hour. In a sentencing hearing, Pitchford pleaded for probation because he said he wants his son back, but the judge said he was not eligible for probation because of previous convictions and because he pleaded guilty without a jury trial.