Armstrong sentenced to 50 years for evading arrest

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A Wise County jury Wednesday morning found David Armstrong, 32, of Bridgeport guilty of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. District Judge Brock Smith then heard evidence in the punishment phase of the trial and sentenced Armstrong to 50 years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Due to prior felony convictions, Armstrong faced a punishment range of  25 years to life in prison. Smith did find that the vehicle Armstrong was driving during the offense was used as a deadly weapon, meaning he must serve at least half of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. The jury deliberated less than five minutes before returning their guilty verdict. Armstrong led officers on a high speed chase on U.S. 81/287 and into a residential neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2016. Two Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Mike Neagle and James Mayo, were seriously injured in a crash during the pursuit. Both gave emotional testimony about the crash during the punishment phase of the trial. This is Armstrong’s ninth felony conviction.

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