Man who assaulted RRAD police sentenced to 13 months federal prison

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A 33-year-old Hooks, Texas, man was sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in federal prison for assaulting a federal police officer at Red River Army Depot last year.

Dontrell McChester was asked to stop and get out of his car when he approached the main gate at RRAD on Sept. 11, 2018, because officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to court records. McChester complied at first but later jumped back in the car and fought with officers, kicking and injuring one who was trying to subdue him.

Pepper spray that was used to bring McChester under control allegedly affected one of the officers too and McChester’s driving after he jumped back into his car after officers started inspecting it was reckless and could have injured or killed the officers.

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McChester pleaded guilty at a hearing in early November. Wednesday he appeared for sentencing with Texarkana attorney Michael Friedman before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. In addition to 13 months in federal prison, McChester must pay $592.36 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.

He will be supervised for two years by federal probation officials following his release from prison. If he violates the terms of his supervised release he could be ordered to spend more time behind bars. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Hornok represented the government.

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