A 50-year-old Lufkin man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault Monday in connection to an incident in which he rammed his truck into his brother's wrecker in March 2011, causing injury to his sibling. Billy Wayne Ebarb was sentenced to two days in the county jail and a fine of $4,000.
According to an investigator with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the incident was just the latest in an ongoing feud between the two men which has been going on for 30 years. Ebarb appeared in the 217th Judicial District Court Monday.
Ebarb was booked into the Angelina County Jail Monday and released later than day. Under disposition, the county's Web stated, "Time served."
Ebarb was originally charged with assault causing bodily injury, which is a felony. However, his plea bargain resulted in him being charged with Class A assault, a misdemeanor. He also waived his right to appeal the judge's decision.
An arrest warrant affidavit stated that an ACSO deputy responded to a disturbance call in the 5200 block of U.S. 59 North. When he got there, he learned that Ebarb used a 1982 Ford one-ton flat-bed truck to ram a 1990 Chevrolet rollback wrecker, causing damage to the vehicle and injuries to his brother.
While the deputy was speaking to witnesses, Ebarb walked up and told him that he was the driver of the Ford truck. Seth Stover, an investigator with the ACSO, said the dispute was over a camper trailer.
"Someone had left a camper trailer there, and both of them thought they had a right to it," Stover said in a previous interview. "His brother parked the wrecker in the way and he just tried to ram it out of the way."
Stover said the brothers keep law enforcement officers busy.
"He and his brother have been fighting for 30 years," Stover said. "They don't talk to each other. They just act irrational."