A Campbell man is appealing his life prison sentences, after pleading guilty to multiple indictments alleging he lead law enforcement in a high speed chase before shooting at officers in November 2020.
After the trial before 196th District Court Judge Andrew Bench began in December of last year, Dayton Blane Green chose to enter open pleas of guilty to the three separate charges. An open plea means no plea bargain agreement has been arranged in the case and that Green was subject to the full range of punishment.
Green was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and on one count evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.
After the plea, the prosecution immediately moved to the sentencing phase after which Bench sentenced Green to the maximum punishments in all three counts. Green was sentenced to life in prison on both of the aggravated assault charges and 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division on the evading charge. All three sentences were set to run concurrently.
Green has appealed the decision, claiming “The Evidence is Legally and Factually Insufficient to Sustain a sentence of Life.”
The Court of Appeals with the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas is scheduled to consider the case on Oct. 18 and will issue a ruling at a later date.
According to a report from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy observed a vehicle disregard two stop signs while traveling a high rate of speed on North Street in Campbell at approximately 10:40 p.m. Nov. 16, 2019 which resulted in a high speed pursuit into Commerce at the intersection of Live Oak and State Highway 24.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and Green was said to have fled north towards Commerce with speeds exceeding 100 mph. As the pursuit entered into Commerce, troopers with the Department of Public Safety were able to successfully deploy spike strips which failed to stop Green. Green was alleged to have fired three shots at a deputy and a DPS Trooper.Neither the deputy nor any assisting Department of Public Safety Troopers were injured.
The aggravated assault against a public servant charges were first degree felonies, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison. The evading arrest charge carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison upon conviction.
Jail records indicate Green had previously been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and burglary of a habitation.