By Hayley Kappes

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – After avoiding prison for a burglary conviction, a Killeen man was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison after his parole was revoked.

In June 2006, Judge Martha Trudo of the 264th District Court originally sentenced James Lee Gamble, 20, to boot camp, and on the successful completion of that, 10 years of probation instead of prison time for a March 31, 2006, burglary of a habitation conviction.

Gamble's probation was revoked after his parole officer reported he fell back into using illegal drugs, failed to report to his community supervision officer, had outstanding fees and 11 other violations.

Gamble and another male were arrested on the suspicion that they had burglarized a home in the 1200 block of Crestridge Drive on the morning of March 31, 2006.

A woman living in the 1100 block of Meadow Drive reported two men wearing dark clothes were cutting through backyards and hanging around her residence, according to the original arrest affidavit.

Officers found items on the men that matched a description of items reported stolen from a residence in the 1200 block of Crestridge Drive including shoes, jewelry and a BB gun.

Gamble was also in possession of a gun.

Killeen police arrived on the scene while Gamble and his accomplice were still in the area.

Gamble and the other man provided written and videotaped statements admitting they entered a residence and stole the items found on them at the time of their arrest.

Trudo granted Gamble credit for some days he served in Bell County Jail.

Trudo also sentenced:

Adam Ray Mitchell, 21, of Killeen, to four years in prison for failing to stop and render aid on Sept. 14.

Barrett Brett Gunn, 35, of Temple, to eight months in state jail with 54 days credit for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger on Sept. 14, 2005.

Mary Veronica Reed, 51, of Copperas Cove, to 18 months in state jail with 671 days credit for theft between $1,500 and $20,000, on Oct. 19, 2003, and Dec. 30, 2003.

Contact Hayley Kappes at or (254) 501-7559.

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