Barney Dwayne Ebey has been sentenced to 50 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice following a plea bargain agreement in Eighth Judicial District Court Thursday. Ebey had escaped from a work group at Hopkins County Civic Center in June of this year. Ebey was in court for a pretrial hearing for Engage in Organizied Criminal Activity, a Felony 2.
Ebey escaped from a work group at Hopkins County Civic Center last week. He was located 12 hours later near Athens, Texas when he was tracked by dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Ebey has been in a Tyler hospital where he had been under observation after being transferred from a Henderson County hospital due to medical reasons.
The dogs had torn the rear section of Ebey’s pants away and bitten him on the buttocks. Ebey claimed to have had a heart attack from the chase.
He is now charged with an additional Escape While Arrested/Confined Felony. He is also charged with a March 23, 2017 Escape While Arrested/Confined Felony following his arrest for Engage in Organized Criminal Activity and two counts of Theft of Property less than $30,000.
According to Assistant District Attorney Clay Harrison, Ebey’s criminal record includes:
1. Convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, in Hunt County, Texas, on October 10, 2001, and sentenced to 10 years TDCJ after being revoked on probation.
2. Convicted of Escape in Kaufman County, Texas, on September 4, 2001, and sentenced to 4 years confinement, TDCJ.
3. Convicted of Failure to Identify – Fugitive from Justice in Kaufman County, Texas, on November 19, 2003, and sentenced to 30 days county jail.
4. Convicted of Theft – Second degree felony in Williamson County, Texas, on September 4, 2012, and sentenced to 3 years TDCJ.
5. Convicted of two counts of state jail felony theft in Henderson County, Texas, on May 20, 2013, and sentenced to 12 months confinement in state jail in both cases.