Former Grayson Escapee Sentenced

The following is a news release from Grayson County Attorney Joe Brown:

Late Friday afternoon, June 23, Troy Tuley, 33, of Howe, pled guilty to seven felony charges and was sentenced to a combined 180 years in prison. Tuley was sentenced to 40 years for Burlary of a Habitation, 30 years for Aggravated Robbery, 30 years for Escape from Custody, 30 years for Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant, 20 years for Unlawful Possession of Firearm By A Felon, 20 years for Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility, and 10 years for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The sentences, will run concurrently, were handed down by 336th District Court Judge Lauri Blake pursuant to a plea agreement between Tuley and the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

Troy Tuley was arrested by Sherman police on April 29, 2005 for possessing under 1 gram of Methamphetamine. While our on bond for that offense, Tuley was stopped by Grayson County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Bowling on July 23, 2005 for traffic offenses, and found to be in possession of marijuana and a gun. Tuley was denied bond after that arrest, and remained in the Grayson County Jail until August 16, 2005, when he escaped from custody with another inmate while working on a county work crew. Tuley pulled a makeshift knife on the work crew supervisor and stole a county van. Tuley drove the van to a residence on Georgetown Road in northern Grayson County, where he broke into a home and stole firearms, clothing, and other items, before being captured that same day after a high speed chase with Sheriff’s deputies. Several months later, on December 12, 2005, Tuley was found in possession of a cell phone, a prohibited item, while incarcerated in the jail. A Grayson County Corrections Officer was terminated and later indicted by a grand jury for providing the prohibited cell phone to Tuley. Tuley had remained in the jail until his guilty plea.

“Obviously, we will be pleased when Mr. Tuley is moved out of Grayson County,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. “He is a repeat offender that deserves his long sentences.”

Tuley was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Gary, who is one of three local attorneys working on a contract basis for Brown’s office in an effort to more quickly move inmates through the county jail. Sherman attorney Tim Haney represented Tuley.