KETR Local
8:52 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Commerce man sentenced to 90 years in prison

Commerce – A Commerce man is sentenced to prison, after his probation for assaulting two Commerce Police Department officers was revoked Friday.

Terrance Anthony Rountree, of Commerce rammed his head through the glass portion of a courtroom door in August of last year and in December found incompetent to stand trial. But during a Friday hearing a judge ordered Roundtree's probations for the earlier assaults revoked and sentenced the defendant to 99 years and 10 years in the Texas dept. of Criminal justice institutional division, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Roundtree pleaded guilty in June 2007 to one count of aggravated assault against a public servant and one count of assault against a public servant. Under a plea bargain agreement, Roundtree was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication probation with a $500 fine. Roundtree was also ordered to submit to a mental evaluation and to pay restitution.

During a hearing in August, 2008, a judge reset the probation action, and Roundgtree became upset and began using profanity. The judge ruled Roundtree was in contempt and ordered him return to jail. As deputies were removing Roundtree from the courtroom, he head butted the courtroom door and broke the glass.