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November 22, 2012

Prison sentence in attack on game warden

GREENVILLE — A local man has been sentenced to prison for using his vehicle to attack a game warden almost one year ago.

Phillip George Beekmann, 48, entered guilty pleas during a hearing Wednesday in the 196th District Court to one count each of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle.

Under a plea bargain arrangement Beekmann was sentenced to six years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division involving the incident on the evening of Dec. 10, 2011.

Sheriff’s deputies and an officer with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department observed a suspicious vehicle being operated without headlights, in a rural area off of County Road 1064. The game warden attempted to stop the vehicle, which resulted in Beekmann leading officers on a high speed pursuit, during which Beekmann allegedly stopped abruptly in front of the game warden on more than one occasion, causing the vehicles to collide. Beekmann was also allegedly observed on multiple occasions driving into oncoming traffic creating a hazard for other drivers. The pursuit was terminated when a tire on Beekmann’s vehicle was shot out.

Beekmann was facing a maximum sentence of up to life in prison on the assault charge and 10 years in prison on the evading arrest count.

As a deadly weapon was found to have been used in the commission of the offense Beekmann will have to spend at least half of the sentence, or three years, in prison before he can be considered eligible for parole.

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