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Crockett man accepts plea deal for 9 years in prison for assaulting officer

Byron Handsborough (Source: Houston County Jail) Byron Handsborough (Source: Houston County Jail)
CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

A 26-year-old Crockett man accepted a plea bargain deal of 9 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison on Friday for assaulting a police officer who responded to a disturbance call in February.

As part of the plea bargain, Byron Handsborough pleaded guilty to a felony assault of a public servant charge.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Thursday after officers with the Crockett Police Department were dispatched to the 100 block of Charles Street for a disturbance call.

According to a press release, officers found Handsborough under the influence of some type of illegal narcotic. After several attempts to get Handsborough to calm down, officers tried to arrest him. The press release stated that he assaulted the officer at that point, causing injuries to the man's head, legs, and lower extremities.

Sandra Smith, 48, the mother of Handsborough was also arrested and charged with Interference with Public Duties and Assault on Public Servant after she interfered with her son's arrest and also allegedly assaulted the officer.

The press release reveals Handsborough has prior convictions including an Assault on Public Servant charge from March 2010. He was later found guilty of that charge and is currently on parole for that offense until 2016.

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