Lufkin man gets more than12 years in federal prison for dealing PCP

George Benton (Source: Angelina County Jail)
George Benton (Source: Angelina County Jail)

BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A 50-year-old Lufkin man who was caught with PCP and a handgun after he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 59 South received a federal prison sentence of more than 12 years Tuesday morning.

George Kenneth Benton Jr. appeared in front of U.S. District Judge Ron Clark Tuesday morning. In January, Benton pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested Benton Nov. 1, 2011, after he allegedly wrecked into the back of an 18-wheeler on US 59 South, then tried to run away from the scene and fought with deputies when they caught up to him.

The deputies found Benton to be in possession of PCP and found the gun in his vehicle.

The guilty plea came after Benton was cleared mentally competent to stand trial.

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