LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Friday morning, 58-year-old Diboll man who punched his grandson in the stomach and arm accepted a plea bargain deal of five years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for violating the conditions of his probation.
Delbert Clark appeared in Judge Barry Bryan's 217th Judicial District Court for a probation revocation hearing. The motion to revoke his probation was filed after he was arrested on March 30 on an aggravated assault charge.
Back in May 2013, Clark received a sentence of six years probation for the crime. Among other things, Clark was only allowed supervised visits with his grandchildren and wasn't allowed to drink as conditions of his probation.
In a previous East Texas News story, Bryan said he decided to give Clark probation because family members said in the original police report that Clark is a good person when he isn't drinking. As part of the deal reached during the sentencing hearing, Clark signed a waiver that said he will not appeal the judge's decision. He pleaded guilty to the offense in March 2103.
Clark was initially charged with injury to a child and public intoxication. In a previous KTRE story, Lt. Arthur Alvarez of the Huntington Police Department said Clark had been drinking on the day that he was arrested for punching his grandson.
His family told HPD officers that he had been verbally abusive to his grandchildren all day. In addition, they told authorities that Clark had threatened his granddaughter with bodily injury.
According to police, Clark's granddaughter and her grandmother were outside when they heard a boy crying and screaming inside. Clark's granddaughter told Alvarez she saw Clark punch the young boy in the stomach.