A Denison man extradited from California last month to face an attempted murder charge pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for time served and is expected to be free in May.
Lennie Melvin Roan, 35, was in prison in California for an unrelated conviction when Grayson County Sheriff’s Office personnel brought him to Texas in early February to face prosecution for multiple charges related to a shooting at Midway Mall in October 1998.
Roan’s attorney, Don Bailey, said Thursday that his client pled guilty to the attempted murder charge as part of a plea agreement that saw the separate charges of deadly conduct discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon dismissed.
“What he pled to, we certainly could have gone to trial and alleged self defense, but when you bring a gun to a fistfight, it’s not always a winner,” Bailey said.
Roan received a sentence of 14 years in prison, and Bailey said his client had more than 14 years credit — from Nov. 2002 until now — so once the judgment is sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, it will discharge him off that sentence and he will be sent back to California.
Bailey said Roan is expected to make parole on his charges from California and be out of jail in May.
Sherman Police said Roan was arrested shortly after the 1998 shooting and he was later indicted for the crime. Roan eventually made his way to California, and was convicted of a crime there.
Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said last month he didn’t have information on how Roan ended up in California, but the crime he was convicted of was possibly a robbery. Online bond records show that Roan previously posted a $50,000 bond for the attempted murder charge, which was forfeited in May 1999.
The District Attorney’s office did not return a call seeking comment on the case Thursday. Brown acknowledged last month that it was “somewhat unusual” to be back working on a nearly 20-year-old case.
“Cases that old — we don’t see them very often,” Brown said. “We just decided to keep his case alive because of the seriousness of it.”