A local man has been sentenced to a combination of state jail and probation after pleading guilty to charges of auto theft, evading arrest and aggravated assault.

Brandon Lee Light had been charged in connection with a November chase through two counties and an unrelated drive-by shooting in Greenville in October.

Light, 18, of Greenville, was scheduled to go to trial Monday one count each of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to all counts.

But during a Thursday morning hearing in the 354th District Court, Light entered guilty pleas to the three charges.

Under a plea bargain arrangement, Judge Richard A. Beacom sentenced Light to two years in a state jail facility on the charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest. Light was also placed on 10 years of deferred adjudication probation, with violence terms, on the aggravated assault charge.

Deferred adjudication carries no finding of guilt, although those defendants who are found to have violated a deferred probation are subject to being sentenced to the maximum punishment.

Light could have faced a maximum sentence of from two to 20 years in prison in connection with the aggravated assault count.

Light was alleged to have fled from Quinlan Chief of Police Johnny Thornburg on Nov. 9, 2005, after Thornburg was called to investigate the reported theft of gas from a Quinlan convenience store.

Light was alleged to have then led units from local, county and state law enforcement agencies on an almost one-hour chase from Quinlan to near Rockwall, through Royse City and back to Quinlan. The end of the pursuit was broadcast live on a Dallas television station.

The car Light was driving was later found to have been stolen out of Greenville.

Greenville Police Department investigators have reported Light was driving a borrowed Acura sedan spotted leaving the scene of a shooting in the 1600 block of Speedway on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2005. The passenger in the vehicle was alleged to have fired several shots at a male victim, with at least one of the bullets grazing the victim’s hip, but not causing serious injury.

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