A man who was ready to put his fate in the hands of an Erath County jury entered a last minute plea deal in the 266th Judicial District Court Monday.
According to District Attorney Jason Cashon, Jayson Wayne Grumbles, 35, pleaded guilty in three separate criminal cases and was sentenced to three 10-year prison terms.
Grumbles was charged with burglary of a building and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after he and his wife, Kimberley Rene Grumbles, 28, stole a vehicle from a Dublin wrecking yard and went on a short-lived crime spree across parts of Erath County in April.
At the time of their arrest, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said in a period of about two hours, the duo wrecked one vehicle and then stole a pickup before they burglarized an Erath County deer camp. Bryant said the couple was arrested after they wrecked the stolen pickup and were nabbed as they made a pit stop to change a flat tire.
In a separate case, Jayson was charged with harassing an Erath County jailer in May while he was being held in connection with the April incident.
Bryant said one month after his arrest, Jayson Grumbles spat on a jailer after making it known to jail staff and other inmates that he had certain "communicable diseases." Bryant said the attack occurred when the jailer entered Grumbles' cell in an attempt to restrain the inmate after he made threats of suicide.
"Grumbles had an extremely sharp pencil and was threatening to harm himself," Bryant said.
In court Monday, Jayson Grumbles faced two third-degree felonies, which each carry a sentence of two to 10 years in prison, and one second-degree felony, which carries a punishment of two to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, for attacking the jailer.
After the plea recommendation of 10 years confinement in each case was approved by District Judge Donald Jones, Cashon credited Assistant District Attorney Sterling Harmon with sealing the cases against him.
"Sterling did an excellent job in preparing these cases for trial," Cashon said. "He didn't leave the defendant any wiggle room, so (Jayson) Grumbles decided to plead guilty while a jury was waiting and ready to hear the case."
Cashon also said the three sentences were set to run concurrently.
Meanwhile, Cashon said Kimberley Grumbles pleaded guilty last Thursday and was sent to jail for her involvement in the April crime spree. She was charged with burglary of a building and sentenced to 15 months in a state jail.
"Bonnie and Clyde are out of commission," Cashon said.