James Edwin Durham: One-Man Lufkin Crime Wave Finally Brought Down -- Featuring Musical Mugshot Slideshow
Check the musical slideshow of Durham's mugshots after the jump.
It's been a rough year for James Edwin Durham.
Since last November, the 39-year-old Lufkin man has allegedly burned his mother's house down while cooking meth, gotten shot in the ass, been charged with numerous felonies in several different incidents (including a new escapade last week), and now, just yesterday, a judge handed down a 20-year prison sentence for felony evading arrest.
Other still pending include (another) rap for arson, delivery of a controlled substance and another evading arrest charge.
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Back in November, police tracked down Durham at a Lufkin motel he was sharing with his mother after he allegedly burned down the house cooking up a batch of crank. Although his torso was badly burned, and he had the sores to prove it, he told authorities he attempted to deny any knowledge of how the fire started.
Durham rounded out that month by getting charged with resisting and evading arrest -- the case that got him sent up the river for 20.
But meanwhile, Durham had plenty more capers to unleash...
In February he was charged with evading arrest yet again and added a delivery of a controlled substance charge.
Out on the streets again in May, Durham's buttocks found themselves in the way of a shotgun blast fired by a 21-year-old kid. That incident occurred after a fight broke out near the "charred square on the ground" that used to be his mama's house. A witness told The Lufkin Daily News that Durham was dating the mama of either the shooter or one of the shooter's buddies.
Durham spent some time in intensive care after that incident but he was not done crimin'. He was charged with another arson in June.
Last week police returned yet again to Durham's mama's land, where by this time some sort of ramshackle cabin had been built. Police say that when they shined a light on this shack, they saw Durham toss a shake-and-bake meth lab out the window. He's since been charged with evidence tampering and first-degree felony drug possession.
Unlike many of the other cases against him, Durham was unable in the last incident to post bond the very next day. Indeed, he's been in Angelina County Jail for the last week and now he's headed to TDCJ.
Durham has been arrested 36 times over the course of his life, and that's just counting Angelina County.
Here's a musical slideshow documenting Durham's days as Lufkin's Most Wanted, and (Frequently Caught)...
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