Steve Albert Darnell of Brownwood is no stranger to the Brown County Jail or to the 35th District Court.
District Judge Steve Ellis approved a plea bargain on Nov. 30 in which Darnell, 48, pleaded guilty to possessing less than 4 grams of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
As part of the same plea deal, Darnell pleaded guilty in another case of possessing less than a gram of a methamphetamine and received a concurrent 20-year sentence.
In March 2007, Darnell was sentenced to 60 years in prison for delivery of a controlled substance, court records state. Darnell, who was indicted as a repeat and habitual offender, was transferred from the Brown County Jail to prison in April 2007, jail records show.
It was unclear how many years Darnell spent in prison. He did now show up again in Brown County Jail records until November 2017.
Since 1999, Darnell has been booked into the Brown County Jail 14 times and has garnered a total of 63 separate charges, jail records show.
Darnell’s involvement with the court system began as early as 1988, when he was convicted of burglary of a vehicle and placed on probation, court records state. The court revoked Darnell’s probation in 1990.
In 1993, Darnell was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison, court records state.
In 2003, Darnell was sentenced to 18 months in state jail for possession of a controlled substance.
In 2007, a 35th District Court jury convicted Darnell of delivery of a controlled substance in a trial that lasted less than a day, and that conviction led to the 60-year sentence.
Darnell testified then that he was a drug addict who’d been in and out of prison for a total incarceration period, as of 2007, of about 11 years.
Darnell’s two convictions on Nov. 30 stemmed from a November 2017 arrest and a January 2018 arrest, jail records show.
In other recent court cases:
Kevin Anderson pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
Sherry Lanell Gober pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and evidence tampering and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Charles Edward Holland pleaded guilty to retaliation and assault family violence — enhanced and was sentenced to five years in prison in each case.
Jay Robert Gaffga pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to five years in prison.
John Hays Stockton III, on probation for unlawful possession of firearm by felon, was revoked and sentenced to two years in prison.
Timmy Lee Sims, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was revoked and sentenced to five years in prison.