Sherman attorney Lester Vance recently pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction and/or retaliation and assault causing bodily injury or retaliation in the 397th state District Court and received a deferred sentence.
Vance was sentenced to eight years of probation with 200 hours of community service on the obstruction and retaliation charge and a year in county jail on the assault charge, which was pleaded down from the injury to an elderly/child/disabled person. The sentence on the assault charge was suspended for a year and he was put on probation for two years.
In October, Vance was indicted on charges of assault on a security officer, assault of emergency personnel, injury to a child/elderly/disabled person with bodily injury and obstruction or retaliation.
The charges of assault on a security officer and emergency personnel stem from an incident at Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center back in February 2017.
In a statement to the Herald Democrat at the time of that incident, Sherman Police said officers were called to WNJ and found Vance was involved in a disturbance inside the ER. An SPD representative said a security guard intervened and Vance started kicking the guard.
When reached for a comment Wednesday on the plea agreements and the deferred adjudication, Vance said “write what you want, … you usually do.”
When contacted about the incident last year, Vance said he didn’t really remember what happened at the ER. He said he had taken some blood pressure medication and was in his office watching the news and drinking some wine when he “fell out.” He said he hit his head and got up and then fell again. He woke up in the hospital, he said, and the nurse was telling someone why she needed him arrested.
“If I hit somebody, I am sorry,” Vance said previously. “I didn’t mean to.”
As for the charges of injury to an elderly person, Vance said he has been taking care of his mother for years and she is suffering from dementia. He said she sometimes gets confused and thinks he is his father.