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DAD - Two sentenced in shooting of Mexia police...
Two sentenced in shooting of Mexia police officer; Berry is also sentenced Guilty pleas of several defendants were heard Tuesday in Judge Clarence Ferguson's 77th District Court at Groesbeck. Odell Hargrow Hill was assessed a 25- year sentence for an assault on Mexia Police Officer Mike Bell, which took place on Highway 14 inside the Mexia city limits, on Nov. 12,1973. Hil.l was also given a five- year senlence for Ihe atlempled burglary of a firm at Groesbeck on the same date. Robert Wayne Johnson, also involved in the assault on Officer Bell, was assessed a five-year sentence. Johnson was shown not to have been involved in the actual shooting and had fled Ihe scene prior to the time of Ihe shooting. He was also assessed a five-year sentence for his participation in the attempted burglary at Groesbeck. Bell has since returned to his duties with the Mexia Police Department after a stay in Providence Hospital at Waco, during which lime his life hung in Ihe balance. He has lost sight in his right eye. Roberl James Berry, who led Mexia police on a chase of several days' duration before he turned himself in to Ihe local aulhorilies, was given a 10-year sentence for the armed robbery of Mrs, Marie Jones of Mexia. This look place on Nov. 26, 1973. Berry was also given a 10-year sentence for felony theft of Mrs. Jones. One.ad- ditional case against Berry is pending, due to a" technicality in evidence that was presented, according to Limestone County Atlorney Don Caldwell, who presented the cases for Ihe Slate againsl all three defendants. All three are expected to be transferred to Huntsville Ihis week. Judge Ferguson had appointed Joe Cannon to represent all three men, prior to Iheir Irials before the Court.

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  1. The Mexia Daily News,
  2. 30 Jan 1974, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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