Guilty plea, prison sentence in online solicitation case [The Herald Banner, Greenville, Texas]
(Greenville Herald-Banner (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 25--GREENVILLE -- A Commerce man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to soliciting a child online.
Lawrence Sherlock Lumpkin, 27, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury January 25 on one count of online solicitation of a minor and one count of escape.
During a hearing Wednesday in the 196th District Court, Lumpkin pleaded guilty to the solicitation indictment.
The escape charge was dismissed, but Lumpkin accepted responsibility for the incident and the punishment he would have received was considered as part of his sentence.
Under a plea bargain arrangement, Lumpkin was sentenced to four years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division, with 518 days credit for time served, as Lumpkin has been in custody for 17 months.
The indictments alleged Lumpkin used the Internet or electronic mail to solicit a female under 17 years of age on or about March 26, 2012 and to have briefly escaped from two officers with the Commerce Police Department while at the time in custody at the Commerce City Jail on May 23, 2012, the day of his arrest.
Both charges are third degree felonies, each punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 10 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.
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