Wellington – On Thursday, May 30, 2013, five pleas took place which resulted in four convictions and one deferred adjudication.
Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
A total of $5,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on May 30. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,880 in court costs and $140 restitution.
1. Jesse Culpepper, a 19-year-old resident of Wellington, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, for two separate offenses.
On May 9, 2011, Culpepper originally pleaded guilty to the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation that occurred on Dec. 2, 2010, in Collingsworth County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Dec. 14, 2012, alleging one violation of community supervision.
The one violation consisted of an incident where Culpepper and Anthony Smith, acting together, shot at a shed-type building where a Wellington citizen, Tyler Cantu, routinely stayed, according to Inman.
Culpepper was indicted by a Collingsworth County Grand Jury on April 4, 2013 for this offense.
Smith pleaded guilty to the same offense and received deferred adjudication on May 1, 2013.
Smith also gave evidence to the State indicating his cousin, Culpepper, was not the shooter but gave him the gun and drove him to Cantu’s house, according to Inman.
“The defendant today could be and was actually sentenced for the same offense that Anthony Smith committed by the law of parties rule,” said Inman. “Someone who is willing to orchestrate a shooting like Culpepper did, with children sleeping in houses literally several feet away, is a danger to society.”
Culpepper was also convicted for this third degree felony offense of deadly conduct by discharging a firearm at a residence.
Culpepper pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Dec. 11, 2012 and was sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.
Culpepper also pleaded true to the violation contained in the State’s motion in an agreed plea and was sentenced to 10 years. The two sentences will run concurrently.
Messer made an affirmative deadly weapon finding in the deadly conduct plea, which will require Culpepper to do at least five years of his sentence before becoming parole eligible pursuant to 42.12 3(g), according to Inman.
Culpepper is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County and a $1,000 fine.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Culpepper is required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County.
2. Tiffany Dawn Day, a 31-year-old resident of Wellington, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.
On Feb. 21, 2013, Day originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Jan. 22, 2013, in Collingsworth County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on May 29, 2013, alleging six violations of community supervision.
Day pleaded true to all of the violations contained in the State’s motion in an agreed plea and was sentenced to 18 months. Day is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County and a $500 fine.
3. Shelia Dawn Scroggins Brewer was convicted for the third degree felony offense of hindering apprehension or prosecution. Brewer pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on April 22, 2013 and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Brewer, 39-year-old resident of Memphis, was arrested by Memphis Police Officer Chris Jolly and pleaded guilty to a complaint filed by the State May 29, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Brewer is required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, a $1,000 fine.
4. Timothy Shepherd was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Shepherd pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.
Shepherd, 32-year-old resident of Texoma, was arrested by Memphis Police Officer Chris Jolly for the offense that took place May 9, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on May 29, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Shepherd is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Hall County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Shepherd violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.