By Jen Kastner
MIDLAND- On Thursday morning, 24-year-old James Creech was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting Steven Little at a home in the Mission Dorado neighborhood. Little survived the attack. Creech was high on bath salts during the incident which happened in June of 2012.
He will have to serve half of the 15 year sentence before he's eligible for parole. In addition to the 15 year sentence, the jury also handed down a seven year prison sentence for biting an Odessa Police Department detective but asked that it be probated.
Additionally, Creech will have to pay $10,000 in fines.
Assistant District Attorney Tim Flathers, who prosecuted Creech, said this was one of the first major cases in the Basin in which bath salts were involved.
"We know that bath salts are in the community. We know that there are people that think it's legal and safe and that they can use it legally. It may or may not be legal, depending on what they actually take, or buy what they think are bath salts. It may or may not be extremely dangerous or even deadly. It's a big challenge to law enforcement right now and I expect that it's only going to become more of a challenge in the future," Flathers said.
The details of Creech's probation will be finalized during another sentencing hearing scheduled for Friday.