A 22-year-old Mineola man was sentenced to five years probation after a Wood County jury convicted him of tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony.
Thomas W. Liles Jr. was charged with the offense of concealing drug paraphernalia by throwing it in a dumpster at a Quitman apartment complex after the start of an investigation into the deaths of two children there, according to a news release from the Wood County District Attorney’s Office.
Liles was the live-in boyfriend of Daphne McDaniels, who was convicted of two counts of injury to a child and received two 40-year prison sentences.
McDaniels is serving those sentences in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Visiting Judge Paul Banner presided over the trial, and Tom Burton Special Assistant District Attorney prosecuted the case for the state.
If Liles violates his probation, he will be sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He also was fined $1,000.