Sentenced to prison, state jail

A Lone Oak man has been sentenced to a combination of prison and state jail after pleading guilty to violating a protective order and threatening to kill the Hunt County Sheriff.

A Lone Oak man has been sentenced to a combination of prison and state jail after pleading guilty to violating a protective order and threatening to kill the Hunt County Sheriff.

The Hunt County grand jury issued multiple indictments in February against Brian Keith Melton. Melton was charged with one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, violation of a protective order, tampering with a witness and obstruction/retaliation.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges and jury selection was scheduled Monday in the 196th District Court.

The aggravated assault charge alleged Melton used a knife to threaten a female victim on or about January 5. The case was filed by the Commerce Police Department.

The violation of a protective order alleged Melton contacted the victim in the assault case, who also had filed a protective order against him, five times on or about Jan. 27.

The tampering with a witness charge alleges Melton tried to convince the victim in the assault case to say she did not remember the offense.

And the obstruction/retaliation indictment alleged Melton threatened Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks with murder upon his arrest for the alleged assault.

During a Wednesday hearing in the court, Melton pleaded guilty to the violation of a protective order and the obstruction/retaliation counts.

Under a plea bargain arrangement, Melton was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division on the violation of a protective order, the maximum sentence on the third degree felony, and 20 months in state jail on the obstruction/retaliation charge, which carries a maximum sentence of up to two years.

Under the agreement the aggravated assault and tampering with a witness charges were dismissed.

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