Former athlete sentenced for cocaine delivery

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    Lonta Hobbs, a former Horned Frog running back from the class of 2006, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for delivery of cocaine.

    Red River County District Attorney Val Varley said Hobbs was recorded on camera making a drug deal with a confidential police informant and was arrested in March 2008. The deal was made near Clarksville High School, which Hobbs attended and where and was employed as a coach and teaching assistant.

    “He was coaching football as well as baseball at the time,” Varley said. “I think he was actually in his coaching uniform at the time [of the drug deal].”

    Varley said Hobbs was sentenced March 9 and has 10 days to take care of personal business before turning himself in to the county jail.

    After that, Varley said he believes Hobbs will be moved to the Huntsville Unit prison.

    “It surprised me because I knew him as a child,” Varley said.

    The drugs were brought back to the police department after the deal was made, but Varley said he could not believe it until he saw the video tape.

    “I had used him as a role model for my kids,” Varley said. “I used to coach Pee Wee football and I used him as a role model for the team, too. It broke my heart.”

    During his three seasons at TCU, Hobbs rushed for 1,383 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.