Longtime Grayson County thief gets eight years after violating probation

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - A man arrested eight times was finally sent to prison after violating his probation a few weeks ago.

"Joshua Howard is a long time Grayson County thief."

Grayson County prosecutor Britton Brooks said Howard's rap sheet dates back to 2012 when he was first arrested for theft.

From there, the crimes continued.

"He's been charged several times with multiple counts of credit/debit card abuse, theft and various drug charges," Brooks said.

In 2013, he was arrested for burglary, theft and other charges. Then in 2015, he was arrested more credit and debit card abuse, and again for failing to identify a fugitive and more theft charges.

In 2016, he was sentenced to 10 years probation.

"Back in 2016, Josh Howard was put on felony probation here in Grayson County for several different counts of theft with previous convictions and meth charges," he said.

But then he tried to steal a trailer brake wiring harness from Walmart in September, and the 34-year-old was arrested-- again.

"While you're on probation, you're expected to do a few things: stay out of trouble, don't do drugs-- just be a good, normal citizen," Brooks said.

Brooks said a judge was fed up and sentenced him to eight years in prison on Tuesday for the violation.

"When you're given a chance to get your life back on track and you still continue to commit crimes, it's a good thing to send a message and incarcerate a long time offender in the community," he said.

Howard faced up to ten years in prison.

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