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Frazier gets 10 years after judge revokes probation
Wilson County News
July 23, 2014 | 4,712 views
Bobby Lee Frazier Sr., 38, of Sutherland Springs is headed for a 10-year prison stint following 218th District Court Judge Stella Saxon’s July 14 decision to revoke his probation.
Saxon was the same judge who, in 2010, sentenced Frazier to 10 years’ probation after he pled guilty to intoxication manslaughter with a deadly weapon -- motor vehicle -- for his role in the Oct. 19, 2008, death of his passenger, 26-year-old Nathan Eugene Davenport of Adkins.
The sentence stood even after Frazier, while awaiting transport from the Wilson County Jail to a state-run Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility, was selected to be a jail trusty before Saxon scolded him from the bench for driving county-owned vehicles on the grounds of the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center.
But prosecutors from the 81st Judicial District moved to revoke Frazier’s probation after he tested positive for cocaine use earlier this year, which was why Saxon opted to impose Frazier’s original 10-year sentence.
“A part of me was hoping he’d actually get it right,” said Gary Davenport, Nathan’s father, via telephone July 16. “I would have thought that taking a life would straighten him out.”
Davenport said that he and his wife, Pat, receive Frazier’s letters every year in October and March -- on the anniversary of the tragedy and ahead of Nathan’s birthday -- as ordered by the court. Davenport admitted he felt bad that the tragedy now will leave two families without fathers, as Frazier has a wife and three children, while Nathan was the father of two sons.
The scars of the tragedy still remain painful for Gary and Pat Davenport, and their sons Donald and Gary Jr., who are now 19 and 18, respectively.
“We’re a close family, but the bonding really isn’t there because of the fear of losing someone again,” Davenport said.
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