A Wichita Falls man who failed to show up for a court hearing in May and instead fled to Oregon was sentenced today to prison, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper today, Saturday, June 29. Bruce Wayne “Bubba” Looney, 37, of Wichita Falls, was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas penitentiary system for a drug case committed in this city near the Oklahoma border.
He pled guilty to a possession offense which occurred in 2011 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the 30th District Court of Wichita Falls, Texas. He received his address change to a prison cell based on a possession of methamphetamine case involving more than one gram and less than four grams of the mind-boggling drug.
The traveling defendant also assaulted a man with a pipe in June of 2012 after the victim reported to the Wichita Falls Police Department that he became aware of Looney being outside his residence in the 1900 block of Tilden. Police officers responded to the call quickly enough to prevent more serious injury to the victim after Looney reportedly beat him with a pipe which was wrapped with electrical tape.
Officers from WFPD arrived to find the victim’s head still bleeding from the brutal beating.
Manuel Borrego is chief of the Wichita Falls Police Department.
The defendant also pled guilty to misdemeanor assualt which resulted in a a one-year sentence in the Wichita County Jail with a $1,000.00 fine.
Chief Borrego’s officers deserve credit for acting quickly enough to save the victim’s life in this assault.
Looney’s resume includes prior convictions for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, criminal nonsupport, possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, less than one gram and two theft convictions for theft property over $1500 and less than $20,000.
Looney waived extradition after he was arrested on the West Coast. He was returned to Wichita Falls from Oregon on June 20.
When Looney declined his invitation to his original sentencing hearing set for May 3, he fled out the back of a residence in the 1000 block of Wenonah on May 15 after deputies responded to report of a stolen vehicle at the address.
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