Jurors reach verdict in trial

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Former Argyle school board trustee found guilty on one count

Jurors deliberated for nearly five hours Wednesday before finding former Argyle school board trustee Wendee Long not guilty of improper photography or visual recording and guilty of unlawful interception, a second-degree felony.

Long was accused of convincing her daughter to help her record footage during halftime at a varsity basketball game between Sanger and Argyle on Feb. 7, 2012, according to Sanger police records. Police said the video recordings made in a girl’s locker room at Sanger High School did not show anything inappropriate.

Matthew Shovlin, chief prosecutor for the 367th District Court, said the state and defense were able to reach a punishment agreement shortly after the verdict was decided Wednesday night. Long will be sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $1,000, he said.

District Court Judge Margaret Barnes will impose the specific terms of Long’s probation during a sentencing hearing at 1 p.m. Oct.10

Since Long was convicted of a second-degree felony, she could have faced five years in prison with a $1,000 fine, Shovlin said.

Barry Sorrels, Long’s attorney, said they are grateful the jury acquitted Long of improper photography or visual recording in count one of the indictment.

“We will continue the fight on the verdict in count two, interception of an oral communication, at the next appellate level,” he said via e-mail late Wednesday night.

Long was on the Argyle ISD school board from 2009-12. She ran for re-election and was defeated. Long served as a principal at Wayside Middle School in Fort Worth, part of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district, for five years before the allegations against her were made.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.

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