BONHAM — The man Fannin County authorities were pursing when a Grayson County Deputy was struck and killed last year took a plea deal Friday.

BONHAM — The man Fannin County authorities were pursing when a Grayson County Deputy was struck and killed last year took a plea deal Friday.


Clinton Espy pleaded guilty to several charges including evading arrest and detention with a vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and manufacture of methamphetamine over one gram but under four grams, according to the Fannin County District Attorney’s Office.


Espy was sentenced to 20 years in prison for each of those crimes and those sentences were set to run concurrently.


In April, Espy led police on a chase from State Highway 121 in Bonham to U.S. Highway 82 in Sherman.


Grayson County Deputy Chad Key was directing traffic at the end of that chase at U.S. Highway 82 in Sherman when authorities say he was struck by vehicle driven by Ricky Trent Stanley. Deputy Key died from injuries sustained in the wreck. Authorities charged Stanley with intoxicated manslaughter and murder among other charges. Stanley, of Whitesboro, will face those charges in state district court next month.


Fannin County Assistant District Attorney James Moss said Espy wasn’t charged with anything in connection with Deputy Key’s death because Espy wasn’t even at the scene at U.S. Highway 82 when Deputy Key was struck.


"If we had gone to trial we wouldn’t even have been allowed to bring up Deputy Key’s injuries," said Moss. Moss said Espy had a previous conviction and prison sentence from Tennessee that were used to enhance his charges.