A Sherman man was sentenced to 50 years in prison this week on charges that he evaded police with a motor vehicle.
A written statement from Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Britton Brooks said that Curtis Nelson, 36, was being sought in April 2017 on felony warrants.
Sherman Police Department Officer Austin Ross was driving northwest on Travis Street on April 16, 2017 when he saw Nelson behind the wheel of his gold Mercedes. Ross made a U-turn for a traffic stop, and Nelson took off at speeds over 60 miles per hour and escaped capture.
During the trial this week, ADA Matt Rolston showed the jury video of the police chase as Nelson ran two stop signs and elicited testimony on the dangers of driving in such a manner.
Defense attorney Donnie Jarvis, who represented Nelson, told the jury that Nelson’s uncle was actually behind the wheel of the car as it was being chased.
Jurors deliberated for two hours before convicting Nelson of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
During the punishment phase of the trial, Brooks told jurors that Nelson is one of the most known criminals in Grayson County. He showed the jury evidence that Nelson had been convicted more than 30 times in his past including several state and federal felonies. Brooks said Nelson, also known as “Pimp-C” had brutally beaten several of his past girlfriends. Brooks then showed the jury testimony and photos of two of those women.
Jarvis urged jurors to give Nelson a light sentence so that he could return to society. Brooks pointed to Nelson’s many convictions as proof that Nelson had no intention of becoming a law abiding citizen.
“This is a win for Grayson County, and I applaud this jury for their service and their verdict,” Rolston said in the release.
“Curtis Nelson is recognizable by sight and reputation to every police officer in Sherman,” Brooks added. “He is a violent career criminal and Grayson County is a safer place with Nelson spending the rest of his life behind bars.”
Donnie Jarvis could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.