James Earl Moody, 22, Zavalla, was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Tyler County on Friday, April 13 by DPS trooper Clay Brown. Moody had a warrant for his arrest for military desertion. He is currently being held in Tyler County jail with no bond, waiting to be turned over to military police.
Many are not aware that the maximum penalty for desertion during war time is death, although the military has not used the punishment since 1945. An average penalty for desertion is 18 months of jail time, but is dependent upon the circumstances.