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Two sentenced in District Court

Several local men were sentenced to prison during recent proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County.

William Austin Young, 22, of Vernon, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for a case of burglary of a habitation when his probation was revoked. Young was placed on probation in 2018 for a burglary that occurred at a residence in Vernon on January 13, 2017. Young burglarized the home by entering through the window and stealing a television and laptop computer. Police collected blood from the broken window and it was submitted to the DPS crime lab for DNA analysis. The DNA was placed into a database and ultimately matched to Young. He was placed on probation for the offense in 2018. A motion to revoke his probation was filed earlier this year alleging that young had absconded from probation and used illegal narcotics. He was represented by Randall Walker of Wichita Falls.

Isreal Jesus Negrete, 37, of Vernon, was sentenced to seven years in prison following his plea of guilty to assault family violence with previous conviction. On March 17, 2022, Vernon police were dispatched to a residence on Lexington Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. The victim was upset and crying and told police that she and Negrete were arguing when he assaulted her in the front yard of the home. Officers observed abrasions on the victims arm and neck, as well as swelling under her left eye. Negrete was represented by Earl Griffin of Childress.

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