Grayson County jury hands down life sentences in drug case

Mickey Joe Griffis
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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- A Tom Bean man was sentenced Wednesday to two life sentences for drug crimes.

Mickey Joe Griffis, 65, of Tom Bean, was convicted for possession with intent to deliver, heroin, 1-4 grams and possession with intent todeliver methamphetamine, 4-200 grams.

A Grayson County jury sentenced Griffis to the maximum sentence allowed by law on both counts and the fine of $7,000 on each charge.

During the trial the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office presented evidence seized during Griffis' arrest included hundreds of small baggies used to package narcotics, syringes, pipes, a digital scale, and several grams of heroin and more than a half ounce of methamphetamine.

“We presented evidence and testimony which clearly led the jury to believe the defendant was involved in the distribution of narcotics and was armed with a rifle, pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun while dealing his drugs” said Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith.

District Attorney Joe Brown stated in a press release that Griffis had six previous felony convictions, and four of those cases were for drug related offenses. Griffis had twice previously been sentenced to prison for drug offenses.

“The long sentence was, I believe, a result of the fact that this man just continued to deal drugs, and short prison sentences were not keeping him from doing that,” said Brown. "At some point, people just get tired of drug dealers who keep selling drugs and do not get the message. The system gives people resources to deal with addiction, but when you are selling, it is a different ballgame.”

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