The jury found Trent Stanley, 29, of Whitesboro, guilty of murder Friday in the death of Grayson County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Key last April. A few hours later, the same jurors cried as they recommended Stanley spend the next 99 years in prison for killing the father of three.

The jury found Trent Stanley, 29, of Whitesboro, guilty of murder Friday in the death of Grayson County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Key last April. A few hours later, the same jurors cried as they recommended Stanley spend the next 99 years in prison for killing the father of three.


Stanley killed Mr. Key when the truck Stanley was driving struck the deputy. Mr. Key was directing traffic on U.S. Highway 82 near Bethany Road at the time. Stanley was drunk at the time of the accident. His blood alcohol level later tested at 0.18, experts testified during the trial that began Monday.


Tears poured all over the east courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse Friday afternoon as jurors, Mr. Key’s widow, and Stanley’s family members all cried during the sentencing phase of the trial. In addition to finding Stanley guilty of murder, the jury also found him guilty of aggravated assault of a public servant and found that he had used a deadly weapon (the truck) in the assault. Jurors also recommended a $10,000 fine on the assault charge.


The sentencing came after jurors found out that Stanley was awaiting trial on a third driving while intoxicated charge when he struck Mr. Key. The officer who made that arrest testified that he told Stanley he "was just an accident waiting to happen" and tried to talk to Stanley about the dangerous game he was playing with other people’s lives. Jurors watched the video of the conversation and could hear Stanley joke off the officer’s advice.


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