SHERMAN, TX - The jury delivers a sentence for Ricky Trent Stanley after convicting him of felony murder in the death of Grayson County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Key.
The courtroom erupted in tears today as the judge read the Jury's verdict for Ricky Trent Stanley: Guilty, of felony murder and first degree aggravated assault causing serious bodily harm to a public servant.
"Well there were tears from the jury all week. There were tears from the Stanley family. There were tears from the Key family, and that's the reality of drinking and driving," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.
Stanley's mother crumpled to the floor as the jury sentenced Stanley to 99 years in prison for felony murder, and 42 years for the assault charge, along with fines totaling $20,000.
"The verdict from the jury was to send a message. First of all to support law enforcement, and second of all to tell drunk drivers that we do not want repeat drunk drivers on the street," said Brown.
Deputy Key's wife, April, read a victim impact statement to the court. She cried as she said, "I lost my husband and best friend, and my three sons lost their Dad, and we will never see him again or be held by him again."
Stanley is eligible for parole after 30 years. He still has the right to appeal.
The defense was not available for comment.