On October 9th, a Hutchinson County Jury, of eight men and four women convicted Steven Dewayne Ingram, age 29 of Borger, for Possession of Methamphetamine, less than one gram.
The offence occurred on November 19th, 2010 in Borger.
Ingram was originally granted a Court appointed attorney to represent him on the charges but he denied that assistance and told the Court he would represent himself.
Presiding 316th District Judge, David Gleason, repeatedly advised Ingram of the dangers of self-representation; however, he insisted on representing himself. 84th District Attorney, Mark W. Snider, prosecuted the case for the State.
Ingram was a passenger in a car that was stopped due to the driver not having a current driver’s license. Ingram was found to have an outstanding City of Borger Warrant. Thus, he was arrested and transported to the Borger city jail.
During Ingram’s booking process, Borger officers discovered 0.15 grams of Methamphetamine in Ingram’s jacket pocket. When questioned about the drugs, Ingram said the substance was rat poison.
Ingram testified on his own behalf during the trial where he claimed the jacket was not his and he did not know the drugs were in the pocket.
After the evidence was presented, the Jury deliberated 25 minutes before finding Ingram guilty. The punishment range for less than a gram of methamphetamine is between 6 months and 24 months in a State Jail.
During the punishment portion of the trial, the District Attorney, Mark W. Snider, presented evidence that Ingram had four prior misdemeanor convictions and one prior felony conviction.
Ingram once again testified and asked the jury to have mercy on him.
After deliberating another 35 minutes, the Jury sentenced Ingram to the maximum confinement of two years. Ingram will not be eligible for parole and will serve the entire sentence.
District Attorney Snider stated that he is very pleased with the jury’s verdict and sentence given by the jury.