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Childress County District Court Hears Three Pleas

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Childress– On Monday, April 3, 2017, three pleas took place in Childress County, Texas.

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.

1. Lionel Ray Harris, 54, from Quanah, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 16 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of theft.

On Jan. 12, 2015, Harris originally pleaded to the charges from the Dec. 15, 2014 offense in Donley County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Oct. 24, 2016, alleging four violations of community supervision.

Harris is also required to pay a $2,500 fine, $488 in court costs to Donley County, and $750 restitution.

2. Sherod Semone Garrett was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument. Garrett, 23, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Garrett, from Dallas, was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place on March 22, 2017 by Memphis Police Chief Chris Jolly. Garrett pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 31, 2017.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Garrett is required to pay a fine of $4,000 to Hall County, $381 in court costs, $180 restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Garrett violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Hall County Jail.

3. Terry Lynn Duty was convicted and sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of five years for the offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Duty, 46, from Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place on Feb. 3, 2016 by an investigation led by the Childress Police Department. Duty was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on June 21, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Duty is required to pay $363 in court costs, a $5,000 fine, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service.

Carson County District Court Hears Four Pleas

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Panhandle– On Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, four pleas took place in Carson County.

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.

1. Jason Thomas Fleming, 42 from Panhandle, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 12 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

On March 16, 2015, Fleming originally pleaded to the charges from the July 15, 2014 offense in Carson County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Aug. 13, 2015, alleging two violations of community supervision.

Fleming is also required to pay $276 in court costs to Carson County, a $500 fine; and $193.45 restitution.

2. Phuong Tuan Phan, 34 from Fishers, Ind., pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana.

On Nov. 5, 2014, Phan originally pleaded to the charges from the Jan. 22, 2013 offense in Carson County. The State filed the motion to revoke on Dec. 9, 2015, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Phan is also required to pay $336 in court costs to Carson County, a $3,000 fine; and $2,169.38 restitution.

3. Leng Khao Yang, 30 from Fresno, Calif., pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana.

On Nov. 7, 2012, Yang originally pleaded to the charges from the Oct. 28, 2012 offense in Carson County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on April 20, 2015, alleging four violations of community supervision.

Yang is also required to pay $331 in court costs to Carson County, a $6,000 fine; and $280 restitution.
4. Yang also pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On Nov. 7, 2012, Yang originally pleaded to the charges from the Oct. 28, 2012 offense in Carson County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on April 20, 2015, alleging two violations of community supervision.

Yang is also required to pay $331 in court costs to Carson County.

Childress County Grand Jury Indicts Four

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Childress County Grand Jury met on May 3, 2016 and indicted four on seven counts.

1. Richardo Carballo-Lopez was indicted for Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information, State Jail Felony, on Feb. 27, 2016;

2. Matthew Pomes was indicted for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony and for Evading Arrest, 3rd degree on March 7, 2016;

3. Edward Colden Sharp was indicted for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony and for Evading Arrest, 3rd degree on March 7, 2016; and

4. Christopher Destin Traylor was indicted for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony and for Evading Arrest, 3rd degree on March 7, 2016.

District Court Hears Four Pleas In Childress

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Childress– On Monday, May 2, 2016, four pleas took place in Childress County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Christopher Boyd Johnson was convicted and sentenced to two days in the Childress County Jail with time served for the Class A misdemeanor offense of deadly conduct.

Johnson, 46, from Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place on Jan. 22, 2013, by Mike Warren. Johnson was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Aug. 8, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Johnson is required to pay $443 in court costs, a $400 fine upfront, and $60 lab fee.

2. Christopher Dontae Jones was placed on probation for a period of five years for the state jail felony offense of fraudulent use of identifying information. Jones, from Lewisville, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Jones, 30, was arrested in for the offense that took place on Aug. 15, 2015 by an investigation by Childress County Deputy Sergeant Ronnie Bentley. Jones was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Jan. 11, 2016.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Jones is required to pay $269 in court costs, and $362.68 restitution. If Jones violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

3. Jones was also placed on probation for a period of five years for the third degree felony offense of tampering with a witness. Jones, 30, was arrested in for the offense that took place on Feb. 2, 2016 by an investigation by Bentley. Jones was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on March 22, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Jones is required to pay $269 in court costs, a $3,000 fine, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Jones violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

4. Ryan James Lurie was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Lurie, from Los Angeles, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Lurie, 26, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place on Nov. 18, 2015 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Lurie pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 3, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Lurie is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 lab fee, $6 jail restitution, complete 300 hours of community service, and a $500 out of state probation transfer fee. If Lurie violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Donley County Grand Jury Indicts Two

Monday, April 11th, 2016

The Donley County Grand Jury indicted two persons when it met on April 11, 2016.

Indicted were Eddie Lynn Floyd for Driving While Intoxicated or More, 3rd degree, on Jan. 10, 2016; and Christina Marie Row for Criminal Mischief, State Jail Felony, on Mary 13, 2016.

Childress County District Court Hears Contested Case

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Childress– On Thursday, April 7, 2016, four pleas took place and one contested hearing in Childress County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Joshua Ray Brown-Brannon, 29, from Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 18 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On June 18, 2015, Brown-Brannon originally pleaded to the charges from the June 6, 2015 offense in Childress County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Oct. 14, 2015, alleging 10 violations of community supervision.

Brown-Brannon is also required to pay $329 in court costs to Childress County, $180 restitution, and a $2,000 fine.

2. William David Wittmann II, 20, from Childress, pleaded not true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault against a family member.

On Dec. 22, 2015, Wittmann originally pleaded to the charges from the Dec. 1, 2015 offense in Childress County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on March 8, 2016, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

The State called multiple witnesses on Thursday, including probation officers and victims of assaults by Wittmann. The court found that Wittmann committed the criminal offense of assault and violation of a protective order just 23 days after he was placed on felony probation.

Wittmann is also required to pay $249 in court costs to Childress County and a $1,000 fine.

3. Eric Daniel Bennett, 24, from Memphis, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault family violence by choking.

On Oct. 1, 2015, Bennett originally pleaded to the charges from the May 29, 2015 offense in Hall County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on March 7, 2016, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Bennett is also required to pay $381 in court costs to Hall County.

4. Bennett also pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On Oct. 1, 2015, Bennett originally pleaded to the charges from the July 27, 2015 offense in Hall County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on March 7, 2016, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Bennett is also required to pay $381 in court costs to Hall County, a $1,000 fine, and $180 restitution.

Hall County Grand Jury Indicts Two

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Hall County Grand Jury indicted two on April 6, 2016.

Indicted were Dewayne Williams Gardner for Assault Family Violence with Prior Conviction, 3rd degree, on Nov. 27, 2015; and Jennifer Delynn Sargent for three counts of Forgery, State Jail Felony, on Aug. 9, 2015, Oct. 7, 2015 and Nov. 5, 2015.

Hall County District Court Takes Six Pleas

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Memphis– On Friday, April 1, 2016, six pleas took place in Hall County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Stefanie Kay Patton was convicted and sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of ten years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

Patton, 36, from Amarillo, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place on Feb. 29, 2016, by Carson County Deputy J.C. Blackburn. Patton pleaded to an information filed by the State on March 29, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Patton is required to pay $370 in court costs, a $5,000 fine, $180 lab fee, and 200 hours of community service.

2. Patton was also convicted and sentenced to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of five years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on the same dates as mentioned earlier.

3. Billy Ray Roberts was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of assault against a family member. Roberts, from Childress, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Roberts, 31, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place on Feb. 22, 2016, by Childress Police Officer Michael Burrows. Roberts pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 31, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Roberts is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Childress County, $269 in court costs and complete 200 hours of community service. If Roberts violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

4. Ali Ibrahim Abdul-Salaam was convicted and sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of five years for the third degree felony offense of evading arrest.

Abdul-Salaam, 33, from Reno, Nev., was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place on Feb, 28, 2016, by DPS Trooper Max Honesto. Abdul-Salaam pleaded to an information filed by the State on March 30, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Abdul-Salaam is required to pay $488 in court costs, a $5,000 fine, and 200 hours of community service.

5. Abdul-Salaam was also convicted and sentenced to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of five years for the state jail felony offense of unauthorized use of a vehicle on the same dates mentioned earlier.

6. Gerry Williams, 31, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 25 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

On May 13, 2013, Williams, from Memphis, originally pleaded to the charges from the March 2, 2011 offense in Hall County, when he was arrested by Hall County Chief Deputy Chris Tiedemann. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Aug. 24, 2015, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Williams is required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, a $2,500 fine, and $140 restitution.

Collingsworth County Grand Jury Indicts Three

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The Grand Jury of Collingsworth County met on Thursday, March 31, 2016 and indicted three persons.

Those indicted are:
1. Calvin DeWayne Brewer for aggravated Assault with DW, Injury to a Child on June 23, 2015.
2. Ruben Ganadoz Jr. for Tampering with Evidence – 3rd degree on Feb. 8, 2016.
3. Rasheeta Moore for Endangering a Child – State Jail Felony on March 1, 2016.

Carson County Grand Jury Indicts Five

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The Carson County Grand Jury met on March 24, 2016, and indicted five persons on six charges.

Indicted are:
1. Randy Scott McClelland for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) 3rd or More – 3rd degree on Nov. 14, 2015.
2. William Fletcher Obrecht for Indecency with a Child x2 – 2nd degree on May 1, 2015, and for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child – 1st degree on Dec. 20, 2013.
3. Joe Wayne Talley for DWI 3rd or Move – 3rd degree on Nov. 20, 2015.
4. Eric Gregg Weiss for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle – State Jail Felony (SJF) on July 22, 2015.
5. Anthony Lee Williams for Possession of a Controlled Substance – SJF on Nov. 2, 2014.