By Jade Ortego

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – A Temple man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for the manufacture and delivery of cocaine, more than 1 gram but less than 4, and failing to appear in court.

Judge Joe Carroll of the 27th District Court sentenced Tawaun Edward Stewart, 31, with concurrent terms for both charges.

On Sept. 2, 2008, an officer investigating a traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by Stewart saw Stewart place an item on the side of the road. The officer examined the object and found it appeared to be cocaine.

When the officer put Stewart in handcuffs, Stewart said, "That's not my dope," despite no one having mentioned drugs to him, the arrest affidavit stated.

The substance tested positive for cocaine.

Stewart was also found guilty of bail jumping by failure to appear on June 15.

Stewart was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of cocaine in 2002.

Carroll also sentenced:

Howard Walter Zinck, 46, of Nolanville, to 15 years in prison for two counts of aggravated sexual assault on June 1, 2004.

Tracy Casteneda Aviles, 34, of Temple, to 21 months in state jail for evading arrest with a motor vehicle on Nov. 26.

Judge Fancy Jezek of the 426th District Court sentenced Bryan Daugherty, 22, of Killeen, to 10 years deferred adjudication for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury on Dec. 10.

Contact Jade Ortego at or (254) 501-7553.

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