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Whitesboro man pleads guilty to child abuse

Wednesday, Russell Todd McCree, 34, of Whitesboro, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each charge. The sentences, which will run concurrently, were imposed by 59th District Court Judge Rayburn Nall pursuant to a plea agreement that McCree reached with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

Woman indicted in traffic death

A Sherman woman was indicted last week on one count of intoxicated manslaughter. The indictment against Deborah Ruppel, 60, is a formal charge and not an indication of guilt. Previously published reports said that Ruppel was driving a Cadillac in the northbound lane of the service road near State Highway 1417 on April 18. The Cadillac crossed over an exit ramp onto U.S. Highway 75 and struck a tan Silverado. Betsy Russell Wilmes, 78, was a passenger in the Cadillac and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Man pleads in burglary cases

Levi Joseph Terry, 33, of Whitesboro, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison on each of three charges: burglary of a habitation, burglary of a building and theft of property. A prepared statement from the Grayson County District Attorney’s office said the sentences were part of a plea agreement reached by Terry. The sentences were imposed by a visiting judge, Judge Scott McDowell, sitting in the 397th District Court. The sentences will run concurrently.

Driver of truck that struck NCTC bus charged with four counts of manslaughter

Russell Staley, the driver of tractor-trailer that hit a van carrying members of the North Central Texas College softball team in September, was charged today with four counts of manslaughter in the first degree. Murray County, Okla. court records show that Judge Duck Aaron of Sulphur, Okla. will be hearing the case and District Attorney David Pyle will be prosecuting it. The records did not show an attorney for Staley.

Drug charges fill Grayson County indictments

Drug charges filled the list of crimes for which people were indicted this week in Grayson County. An indictment is a formal charge and not an indication of guilt. The Grayson County District’s Attorney’s Office released the following list of people who were indicted: