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A Sherman man who took a shot at his ex-wife’s new love won’t go to trial in February after all. Roderick Mask pleaded guilty Thursday to deadly conduct discharge of a gun, unlawful possession of a gun by a felon and, in an unrelated case, aggravated assault family violence.
State District Court Judge Larry Phillips sentenced Mask to eight years in prison on each count and set those sentences to run concurrently. Each of those charges carried a possible punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. As part of the plea agreement, the state abandoned attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, as well as enhancement charges that could have left Mask facing a longer prison term.
Mask said very little during the plea hearing Thursday.
Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Don Hoover told Phillips that all of the victims of the case who could be reached at this time had been told about the plea. None of those people appeared to be in the courtroom Thursday as the deal was finalized.
Court documents state that on Oct. 3, 2017, Mask fired a gun at Desean Price in Denison near Mundt Drive with the intent to commit murder. The affidavit also says Mask threatened Price with imminent bodily injury and exhibited a handgun.
The court documents show this was not Mask’s first run-in with the law. He was previously convicted of tampering with evidence back in 2014. His use of the gun in the attack on Price, the court documents state, comes within five years of Mask’s conviction of that felony. Additionally, the documents state, Mask was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon back in 2005.
A police report quotes Price as telling officers he was on his way back from a storage facility on Oct. 3, when Mask, who is Price’s girlfriend’s ex-husband, stopped him. Price said Mask opened the sunroof of his vehicle and pointed a firearm at Price. Mask then stepped out of the car and began firing at Price. As he was still in his vehicle, Price backed up into a nearby yard where he struck another car. Price then drove around the block and returned to his home.
Mask was represented in the case by Timothy Brown. When reached for a comment after the hearing, Brown said he doesn’t make statements to the media.