A Brownwood man’s day in court ended Friday with two drug convictions and two divergent sentences: five years probation for possessing less than a gram of methamphetamine, and 25 years in prison for possessing with intent to deliver 32 grams of methampetamine.
    Joseph Ferguson, 32, pleaded guilty to possessing under a gram in September 2015. Ferguson pleaded not guilty to possessing over 4 grams under 200 grams with intent to distribute in December 2015, and Ellis found Ferguson guilty after hearing evidence presented by First Assistant District Attorney Chris Brown in a bench trial.
    Ferguson had no prior felony convictions when he entered the guilty plea Thursday, and Ellis told Ferguson the law required him to assess a probated sentence. After Ellis sentenced Ferguson to the 25-year term, the judge told Ferguson he’ll still be in prison when his probation in the other case expires.
    Defense attorney Tommy Adams said the defense was based on the argument that there was no intent to distribute.
    Testimony showed there were 32 identical baggies in the trunk of a vehicle, and eight were tested at about 1 gram each of methampetamine, according to testimony. The other 24 baggies were not tested.
    In other recent court cases:
    Richard Allen McCann pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    Martin Fortson Duran pleaded no contest to evading arrest and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    Monty Jack Reid, on probation for exploitation of the elderly and misapplication of fiduciary property, was adjudicated and sentenced to 10 years in prison in each case.
    Clayton Bounds pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
    Michael Keith Henry pleaded guilty to injury to a child and was sentenced to four years in prison.