Man gets 3 years for spitting at, threatening Nacogdoches jailers

John Pate mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
John Pate mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Huntsville man accepted a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to threatening and spitting at jailers who were booking him in the Nacogdoches County Jail in April.

John Thomas Pate, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of harassment by person in a correctional facility and retaliation.

Pate was scheduled for jury selection in District Judge Campbell Cox's courtroom Monday. But he entered a plea instead.

According to Sheriff Thomas Kerss in a previous report, a deputy responded to a homeowner's call in reference to an intoxicated man on his property, located on U.S. 59 South.

Kerss said Pate at first refused to give his identity and the deputy took him into custody. At the Nacogdoches County Jail, Pate made threats against the jail staff and their family members and spit at them, Kerss said.

Pate had just left Baby Doll's, a gentleman's club on the Angelina County line, when he arrived at the property, Kerss said.

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