A Stephens County jury has convicted and sentenced a Graham man on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm. John Nail was found guilty on Tuesday afternoon, and the punishment was handed down on Wednesday. Nail was sentenced to 7½ years in prison and fined $7,500.
He is also under several indictments in Young County, including evading arrest by vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, continuing domestic violence against a family member and unlawful use of a criminal instrument.
Nail was arrested just outside of Graham Jan. 31 following a manhunt.
What began as an attempted traffic stop by Young County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Wacaster turned into a multi-agency search for the man after a vehicle chase from First and Grove streets ended near the ball fields at the base of Spivey Hill.
Nail exited the car and fled on foot. Police were informed that Nail might be armed with a pistol. Graham police officers and Young County deputies searched Spivey Hill, the area along the creek and FM 209 south of there.
With the help of K-9 Luka, Nail was apprehended outside a residence atop the hill at Highway 67 and FM 209.