Attorney appointed for Gilmer man convicted of manslaughter

GILMER/UPSHUR COUNTY (KYTX) - A Gilmer man convicted in November of manslaughter is in jail, after Upshur County prosecutors asked a state judge to revoke his probation.

On June 26, Upshur County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to revoke probation for Benjamin Lee Powers, 30. Three days later, he was arrested by sheriff's deputies, and remains in the Upshur County Jail without bond on a Class C misdemeanor charge.

In November, Upshur County District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced Powers to 10 years' probation, after he pled guilty to the manslaughter, specifically exceeding the speed limit in a Dec. 11, 2011, wreck on FM 49 that killed his passenger, 18-year-old Caderrius Deshaw Green, of Gilmer, and injured another passenger.

On July 11, Parish appointed Longview attorney J. Scott Novy as Powers' court-appointed counsel.


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