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Two Contested Cases Heard In Carson County District Court

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Panhandle– On Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, one contested hearing took place in Carson County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Kimeele Carolyn Black-Thomas pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the state jail felony offense of possession of marijuana.

On June 4, 2012, Black-Thomas originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on July 16, 2011, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion on May 28, 2013, alleging five violations of community supervision.

Black-Thomas is also required to pay $331 in court costs to Carson County, a $2,500 fine, and $140 restitution.

2. Lindsay Theresa Albright pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On Oct. 23, 2013, Albright originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on June 2, 2013, in Donley County.

The State filed the motion on Oct. 27, 2014, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Albright is also required to pay $448 in court costs to Donley County, a $1,000 fine, and $140 restitution.

Watson Given Probation For Possession of Marijuana

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Clarendon – On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, one plea took place in Donley County, Texas.

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

1. Matthew Zachary Watson was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Watson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Watson, 26-year-old resident of Lenexa, Kan., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Aug. 13, 2014 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield. Watson pleaded to an information filed by the State on Nove. 3, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Watson is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Watson violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Carson County Grand Jury Indicts 11

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The Carson County Grand Jury met on Dec. 4, 2014 and indicted 11 persons on 15 counts.

Indicted were:
1. Yessnia Vasquez for Possession of Marijuana (POM), 2nd degree, on Jan. 15, 2014.

2. Gabino Gallegos for Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) with Intent to Deliver, Felony – higher than 1st degree (punishment of 10-99 years or life in prison) (*F), on Nov. 27, 2013.

3. James Chad Box for Count 1 – PCS, State Jail Felony (SJF) and Count 2 – Endangering a Child, SJF, on May 9, 2014.

4. Herbert Wayne Dupree for PCS, 3rd degree, April 23, 2014.

5. James Robert White of PSC, 3rd degree, on April 23, 2014.

6. Nicole Terease Summers-Ray for PCS, SJF, on April 18, 2014.

7. Nicole Terease Summers-Ray for PCS, 3rd degree, on Dec. 23, 2013.

8. Sompong Sybounleuang for POM, 3rd degree, on Feb. 26, 2014.

9. Mario Ignacio Frias for Money Laundering, 1st degree, on Oct. 5, 2013.

10. Alfredo Martinez-Millan for Money Laundering, 1st degree, on Oct. 5, 2013.

11. Christopher Allen Winter for Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle, 3rd degree, on Sept. 2, 2014.

12. Jason Thomas Fleming for Count 1- PCS, SJF; Count 2 – Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, SJF; Count 3 – Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility, 3rd degree, on July 15, 2014.

Childress County District Court Took Four Pleas

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Childress – On Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, 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. Charles Randy Garza was convicted for the class A misdemeanor offense of evading arrest. Garza pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 184 days in the county jail with time served.

Garza, 43-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Jan. 22, 2013 and was indicted by a Collingsworth County Grand jury on April 4, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Garza is required to pay $376 in court costs.

2. Jack Byron Fields was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of five years.

Fields, 33-year-old of Childress, was arrested by Childress County Deputy Lisa Gonzalez on April 1, 2014 and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on August 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Fields is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Childress County, $390.50 in court costs, complete 200 hours of community service, and all DWI requirements under Chapter 49. Dale Rabe, Jr. acted as special prosecutor on this case due to a conflict with the prosecutor’s office.

3. Jermiah Michael Martin was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Martin, 35-year-old of Childress, was arrested by Todd Gambol on May 11, 2014 and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Oct. 3, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Martin is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Childress County, $390.50 in court costs, complete 200 hours of community service, and all DWI requirements under Chapter 49.

4. Nick Lamar Hasselvander was placed on probation for a period of two years for the class B misdemeanor offense of criminal trespass. Hasselvander pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Hasselvander, 55-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place March 18, 2014 by Childress Police Sergeant Jerrald Johnson and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on May 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Hasselvander is required to pay a $250 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service.

District Court In Panhandle Hears 14 Pleas

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Panhandle – On Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, 14 pleas took place in Carson County, Texas.

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

1. Cody Don Russell was convicted and sentenced for a period of 18 months for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

Russell, 27-year-old resident of Pampa, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place May 9, 2012 by Carson County Deputy J.C. Blackburn, and pleaded to an information filed by the State on November 24, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Russell is required to pay $370 in court costs and $180 restitution.

2. Donald Wesley Anders was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana. Anders pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Anders, 33-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Nov. 7, 2013 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Anders pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 19, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Anders was required to pay a fine of $4,000 to Carson County, of which $2,000 was paid upfront, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Anders violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Carson County jail.

3. Jorge Sanchez Martinez was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Martinez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Martinez, 23-year-old resident of Pacoima, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Oct. 18, 2014 by DPS Trooper Casey Dawson, and pleaded to an information filed by the State on Nov. 24, 2014.

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

4. Martinez was also placed on probation for a period of six years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Martinez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Martinez is required to pay $336 in court costs and $180 restitution. If Martinez violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

5. Jared Villasenor was placed on probation for a period of two years for the second degree felony offense of money laundering. Villasenor pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Villasenor, 34-year-old resident of Henderson, Nev., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Aug. 9, 2012 by Dawson, and was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Sept. 30, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Villasenor is required to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, $296 in court costs, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Villasenor violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

6. Gilberto Garcia was convicted and sentenced for a period of ten years to the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of evading arrest. Garcia pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 21, 2014.

Garcia, 33-year-old resident of Memphis, was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place Oct. 3, 2014 by Memphis Police Chief Chris Jolly.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Garcia is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Hall County, $381 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Garcia violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

7. Garcia was also convicted and sentenced for a period of two years to the State Jail Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. Garcia pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 21, 2014.

This arrest took place on the same date as the evading arrest in a motor vehicle.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Garcia is required to pay $381 in court costs and $180 restitution. If Garcia violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

8. Bounmy Somchay was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of assault family violence. Somchay pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Somchay, 41-year-old resident of Groom, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 6, 2014 by Carson County Deputy Terry Atchley. Somchay was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Sept. 30, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Somchay is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $271 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Somchay violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

9. Michael Joseph Sandoval was placed on probation for a period of five years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Sandoval pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Sandoval, 33-year-old resident of Farmington, Mo., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place March 14, 2013 by DPS Trooper Danny Nunez, and was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Aug. 7, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Sandoval is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Sandoval violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

10. Rodger Dale Daniells was convicted for a period of two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of burglary of a building on two separate occasion, as well as two convictions for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Daniells, 37-year-old resident of Borger, was arrested in Carson County for the offenses that took place May 16, 2014 by Panhandle Police Chief Sace Hardeman. Daniells was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Sept. 30, 2014 on multiple counts.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Daniells received four convictions and is required to pay $315 in court costs in each case.

11. David Alan Alfred was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Alfred pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Alfred, 32-year-old resident of Amarillo, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Oct. 7, 2014 by Blackburn. Alfred pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 24, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Alfred is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Alfred violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Elissetche Receives Eight Year Sentence

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Wellington– On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, one plea took place in Collingsworth County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Oviel Elissetche pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to eight years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation.

On Sept. 4, 2012, Elissetche originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on March 27, 2012, in Collingsworth County.

The State filed the motion on Aug. 21, 2014, alleging four violations of community supervision.

Elissetche is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County and a $2,000 fine.

Hall Grand Jury Indicts Three

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Hall County Grand Jury met on Nov. 14, 2014 and indicted three persons.

Indicted were:
1. Joe Brent Nivens, 2nd degree felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, on Feb. 21, 2014;

2. Jay Lynn Runnels, 3rd degree felony for Assault Family Violence by Choking, on Feb. 21, 2014;

3. Adam Ryan Seymour, 2nd degree felony for Sexual Assault, on June 12, 2014.

Donley County Grand Jury Indicts Five

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The Donley County Grand Jury met on Nov. 13, 2014 and indicted five persons.

Those indicted were:
1. Colby Clay Hill, 3rd degree felony on Assault on a Public Servant, on Sept. 27, 2014;

2. Wesley Don Williams, 3rd degree or more for Driving While Intoxicated, on July 8, 2014;

3. Mitchell Daniel Machin, State Jail Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG2, on March 12, 2014;

4. Silbester Raymond Rowe-Hodges, 3rd degree felony for Possession of Marijuana (POM), on Dec. 30, 2013;

5. Justin Lane Rose, 3rd degree felony for POM, on Dec. 30, 2013.

Collingsworth County Grand Jury Indicts Three

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The Collingsworth County Grand Jury indicted three when it met on Nov. 12, 2014.

Indicted were:

1. Bridget Nicole Hanifin for the State Jail Felony of Violations of Civil Rights. The offense occurred on June 1, 2014.

2. William Dale Skelton for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, 3rd degree. Skelton was arrested on June 15, 2014.

3. Kevin Tramaine Thomas for Tampering With Evidence, 3rd degree. He was arrested on Sept. 3, 2014.

Donley County District Court Hears Six Pleas

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Clarendon – On Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, six pleas took place in Donley 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. Paul Alexander Rodgers was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of assault family violence. Rodgers pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rodgers, 53-year-old resident of Clarendon, was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place May 9, 2014 by Chief Deputy Randy Bond. Rodgers was indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on Aug. 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rodgers was required to pay a fine of $1,000 to Donley County, $398 in court costs, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Rodgers violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

2. Michael John Herman was placed on probation for a period of one year for the Class A misdemeanor offense of deadly conduct. Herman pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Herman, 57-year-old resident of Fort Worth, was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place March 11, 2014 by Donley County Deputy Jay Logan. Herman was indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on April 1, 2014

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Herman was required to pay an upfront fine of $1,000 to Donley County upfront and $488 in court costs. If Herman violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

3. Gary Dale English was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of theft. English pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

English, 57-year-old resident of Clarendon, was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place May 17, 2014 by Donley County Deputy Sonny Marasco. English was indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on Aug. 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, English was required to pay a fine of $250 to Donley County, $398 in court costs, $100 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If English violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

4. Justin Blade Barker was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of criminal trespass. Barker pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Barker, 24-year-old resident of Clarendon, was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place April 8, 2014 by Bond. Barker was indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on June 25, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Barker was required to pay a fine of $1,000 to Donley County, $398 in court costs, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Barker violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

5. Andrew Martin Keen was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of assault family violence. Keen pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Keen, 31-year-old resident of Clarendon, was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place April 16, 2014 by Bond. Keen was indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on June 25, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Keen was required to pay a fine of $500 to Donley County, $398 in court costs, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Keen violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

6. Shawna Marie Ellis was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of engaging in possession of a controlled substance. Ellis pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ellis, 23-year-old resident of Amarillo, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Oct. 21, 2013 by Childress County Deputy and K-9 Unit, Kenneth Arrant, and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Aug. 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ellis is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Ellis violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.