Nacogdoches man gets 10 years deferred for prescription pill ring

Phillip Russell (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Phillip Russell (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man accepted a plea bargain deal 10 years of deferred adjudication for his part in a prescription pill drug scheme Tuesday morning.

Phillip Russell appeared in Judge Edwin Klein 420th Judicial District Court Tuesday. Phillip Russell's defense attorney, John Heath Sr., said that his client and the state agreed on the plea bargain after the jury was selected for his trial.

Deferred adjudication is basically the same as probation. Basically, if Phillip Russell manages to stay out of trouble for the entire 10-year period, the charge will be dropped from his criminal record.

Back in July of 2012, Texas Department of Public Safety narcotics agents arrested Phillip Russell and his mother, Pamela Russell for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. The pair each had warrants for three felony charges for small amounts of Valium and Xanex.

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