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Dog Fighter Who Assaulted Police Officer With Vehicle Is Sentenced

| by Phyllis M Daugherty
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A 20-year-old Greenville, Texas man, Dakalin Dyquez Edwards, already on probation for dog fighting, has been sentenced to prison after admitting to using a vehicle to attack and injure a Greenville police officer, reports KETR.

Edwards was arrested on Sept. 4, 2014, for aggravated assault on a public servant and counts of evading arrest with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. These charges followed a chase by the Greenville Police, which allegedly culminated with Edwards using his vehicle as a weapon and injuring a police officer.  He was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in November. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The aggravated assault on a public servant charge is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of anywhere from five to 99 years to life in prison.

But on Monday, Edwards entered guilty pleas during a hearing at the 354th District Court to one count each of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle, the Herald Banner reports.

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Under the plea arrangement, Judge Richard A. Beacom sentenced him to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division on each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Edwards was one of three Greenville residents arrested in connection with a dog fighting ring which had been operating in the city. He was indicted for dog fighting, alleging he incited two dogs to fight on April 8, 2013. He pleaded guilty in March 2014 and received five years probation, according to the Herald Banner.

On Monday, Judge Beacom also ordered revocation of Edwards’ probations for dog fighting and unauthorized use of a vehicle and sentenced him to two years in state jail on each of the charges.

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