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Jury gives man 2 10-year sentences

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, June 14, 2014

After finding him guilty Tuesday of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a jury on Wednesday gave Daniel Ray Anderson 10 years on each.

The range of punishment went up to 20 years, with a $10,000 fine possible on each count. The jury did not assess a fine on either charge.

“I’m happy a Wise County jury sent a statement that they’re not going to tolerate people selling drugs in this community,” said Assistant District Attorney Pat Berry, who prosecuted the case. “I’d like for the statement to have been louder.”

Berry said Anderson will likely serve two years or less on the drug case, although the firearm charge might increase his prison time.

The verdict Tuesday represented Anderson’s sixth and seventh felony convictions.

Berry argued for the maximum sentence, while Anderson’s attorney, David Singleton, asked for leniency.

“You’re not going to change the world with your decision in this courthouse today,” Singleton said, “but you are going to have a tremendous impact on Mr. Anderson, his fiance , and his son.”

He told the jury Anderson came from a “messed-up situation” and had gotten caught up in a web of crime.

“We are, at least to some extent, formed by the environment we’re raised in,” he said. “People get in trouble because of the people they surround themselves with.”

Anderson served five years for sexual assault in Johnson County, then went back to prison for failing to register as a sex offender. Somewhere along the way, he became addicted to methamphetamine.

Berry painted a less sympathetic picture.

“What you have is a drug dealer, who is in possession of a gun after he’s already been to prison twice,” he said. “He’s holed up in a room with a surveillance system, night vision – he was set up.”

Anderson’s fiance had testified that he supplied her with meth “once or twice a day” for the last year or so.

Judge John Fostel also mandated drug rehabilitation for Anderson, 32.

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