Thursday afternoon in 8th Judicial District Court a Hopkins County jury set the punishment for Stanton Wayne Yates, 30, at four life sentences in state prison and one 20 year prison sentence with a $10,000 fine. The sentences will run concurrent by law.
Yates was found guilty Wednesday of four counts of engaging in organized criminal activity and one count of burglary. Yates will remain in Hopkins County jail until transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The trial began Monday and jurors seemed relieved as they left the courtroom Thursday afternoon. The jury foreman gave a large sigh of relief as he held the gate for fellow jurors after they were dismissed. Approximately 40 witnesses were called by Assistant District Attorney Clay Harrison.
Yates is one of two Hunt County brothers who were found in Collin County jail for burglary of a habitation. Yates’ brother, Perry Jeff Yates, pled guilty to burglary and was been sentenced to 20 years in the state penitentiary.