Kaufman Texas, - In a trial that started on May 14, 2012 in the 86th District Court of Kaufman County with Judge Howard Tygrett presiding, Deborah Peterson, 60 of Terrell was sentenced to 70 years for Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group One more than 4 Grams but under 200 Grams in a Drug Free Zone.
On June 8, 2011 the Kaufman County Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Peterson’s residence on State Street in Terrell. Investigators located over Eight Grams of Methamphetamines and over $10,000.00 in cash at the residence.
Peterson was already on parole for prior drug convictions, and was taken into custody. Jurors heard arguments in the Peterson case beginning May 14, 2012 and reached a verdict after a little over two hours of deliberation on the 16th. On May 17th the jury proceeded with the punishment phase of the trial, and sentenced Peterson to 70 years behind bars, and a $20,000.00 fine.
Prosecutors for the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office, and Sheriff David Byrnes hopes that this will send a clear message to drug dealers operating in Kaufman County. This type of behavior will not be tolerated.