Charles Trent Parrish

A man who allegedly used a machete in an aggravated assault in August has had additional charges filed against him, for reportedly threatening jailers at the Hunt County Detention Center.

Charles Trent Parrish was charged Tuesday with two counts of obstruction/retaliation.

“Parrish has been a problem for us ever since he was booked into jail,” said Sheriff Randy Meeks in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

Jail records indicate the offenses occurred on or about Oct. 10.

Meeks said Parrish, 43, of Commerce, has made terroristic threats against jail employees and their families.

“During a course of the last few days, Parrish has made threats written and verbally,” Meeks said. “This individual is a very violent man and we take all threats against our folks very seriously.”

Parrish was already being held in the jail in lieu of $150,000 bond on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Aug. 8 attack.

Justice of the Peace Sheila Linden set an additional $100,000 bond on the two obstruction/retaliation charges.

Parrish was charged with the aggravated assault count after the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office alleged that he assaulted someone with a “large knife, possibly a machete” at a residence in the 2700 block of U.S. Highway 69 South.

The condition of the victim in the attack was not made public.

Officers with the Commerce Police Department later arrested Parrish after going to a home on Monroe Street in Commerce based on an anonymous tip to Hunt County Crime Stoppers.

 Parrish was found inside the residence and was arrested without incident. Officers located a machete that was believed to be used in an assault.

In August 2004 Parrish received one indictment each for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping.

Parrish was alleged in the indictments to have used a knife to hold up the New Way store in Commerce on Oct. 4, 2003, while using one person as a hostage and shield.

Parrish agreed to enter open pleas to both charges, meaning there was no prior agreement as to the potential sentence Parrish could receive if found guilty by the court.

Both charges are first degree felonies, punishable by a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison.

In March 2005, Parrish was sentenced to 20 years in prison on both counts, with the sentences to run concurrently. Due to a deadly weapon finding, Parrish would have had to spend a minimum of 10 years in prison before he could be considered for parole.

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