Assistant District Attorney Eric Berg says a Brenham ‘businessman’ was sentenced to seven years in prison in this week’s session of the 21st district court because the product he was selling was cocaine.
Twenty-five year old Anthony Quinn Primes pled guilty to selling cocaine in August of 2011.
While Primes had several family members testify on his behalf, Berg says it is the policy of District Attorney Julie Renken not to allow for probation for drug dealers. Berg says it was clear that Primes was in the business of selling cocaine, and he wasn’t using it himself.
Primes could have received twenty years in prison for the second degree felony.
There were five cases before the court in this week’s session and most of them dealt with drug possession.\
Forty-three year old Franklin Jay Tanner had his probation reovked from a July 2012 conviction for meth possession. Berg said Tanner came before the court asking that the probation be revoked because he couldn’t meet all the probation requirements. Judge Carson Campbell sentenced Tanner to nine months in a state jail, and ordered him to pay a $1500 fine.
Twenty-seven year old Curtis Killian of Hempstead received three years probation after he was caught with cocaine in September of last year.
Berg says the case of 32-year old Matthew Thomas Hanson was unusual for the county. Hanson, a Houston man, was a passenger in a car going through Brenham in January, when the car was stopped. A search of the car found heroin. Berg says heroin seems to becoming more common in our area. Judge Campbell sentenced him to five years deferred adjudication, ordered him to pay a $1500 fine, pay a $50 crime stoppers fee, take a drug offender education program, and perform 200 hours of community service.