LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County jury found a 30-year-old Lufkin man guilty of felony charges of accident involving injury or death and obstruction/retaliation in connection to fleeing a hit-and-run accident and then threatening to shoot the officers who showed up at his home to arrest him in April 2013.
Mark Jerome Pool appeared in Judge Paul White's 217 Judicial District Court Wednesday. The jury is now in the sentencing process. The charges are both third-degree felonies.
Later Wednesday, the jury sentenced Pool to 2 1/2 years in prison for the accident causing injury or death charge and 10 years of probation for the retaliation charge. The probation charge was effective as of Wednesday, which means after Pool serves his prison sentence, he will only have to serve 7 1/2 years of probation.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the hit-and-run accident occurred on South First Street. After Pool fled the scene of the accident, Lufkin Police officers located him at a residence on Cordelia Street. He was spotted looking out his back door.
LPD officers requested that he come out of his house several times. Sgt. Mike Shurley of the Lufkin Police Department said that Pool threatened to shoot and kill the officers several times.
The officers took cover and were finally able to make an arrest around 4 p.m. Friday, according to Shurley.
In addition to the two felony charges, Pool was also initially charged with driving with an invalid license and no auto insurance.