Man gets probation for holding game warden hostage


GILMER, Texas (AP) - The son of a former East Texas county commissioner has been sentenced to probation for holding a state game warden at gunpoint.

A state judge sentenced Todd Crabtree in Gilmer to two years of probation Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint of a peace officer. In a letter entered into the record, Crabtree apologized to for disarming the game warden.

Earlier this month, his father, former Upshur County commissioner Lloyd Allen Crabtree, received five years of probation for his guilty plea to taking a firearm from a peace officer.

The incident happened when the state game warden checking for hunting law violations on private land was disarmed and held by the Crabtrees.

Gilmer is about 110 miles east of Dallas.

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