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Childress County District Court Hears Two Pleas

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Childress – On Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, two 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.

A total of $2,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Dec.18. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $761.50 in court costs.

1. Morgan Leigh Cain was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Cain pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Cain, 28-year-old resident of Houston, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Nov. 23, 2013 by Childress Police Officer Chad Ware. Cain pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Dec. 17, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Cain is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Cain violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

2. Juan Contreras was placed on probation for a period of seven years for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation. Contreras pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Contreras, 41-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place March 27, 2013 by Collingsworth County Deputy Larry Ashurst. Contreras and was later indicted by a Collingsworth County Grand Jury on Nov. 15, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Contreras is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Contreras violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

This plea of guilty also subjects Contreras to deportation proceedings to his country of origin, which is Mexico.

Childress County District Court Hears Nine Pleas

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Childress – On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, nine 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.

A total of $28,250 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Dec. 11. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $3,316.50 in court costs and $1,640 in restitution.

1. Jeffery Wayne Ellifritz was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Ellifritz pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ellifritz, 23-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Sept. 18, 2013 by Collingsworth County Chief Deputy Kent Riley. Ellifritz pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 21, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ellifritz is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Ellifritz violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

2. Shayne Aric Spindler, a 27-year-old resident of Houston, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to seven years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On Oct. 1, 2012, Spindler originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of money laundering that occurred on May 23, 2012, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on May 30, 2013, alleging nine violations of community supervision.

Spindler pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to seven years. Spindler is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County and a $4,000 fine.

3. Ronnie Parker Cooley was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Cooley pleaded guilty and was convicted to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ; but, the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Cooley, 58-year-old resident of Sacramento, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place March 9, 2013 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield. Cooley pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on June 14, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Cooley is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $365 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service.

4. Sharmaine Cooley was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Cooley pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Cooley, 54-year-old resident of Sacramento, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place March 9, 2013 by Chatfield. Cooley pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on June 14, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Cooley is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Cooley violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

5. Miguel Danilo Morazan was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Morazan pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Morazan, 36-year-old resident of El Paso, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place July 17, 2013 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Oct. 8, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Morazan is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Morazan violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

6. Dacen Dakota Prentice was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the third degree felony offense of injury to a child. Prentice pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Prentice, 19-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Aug. 3, 2013 by Childress Police OfficerChad Ware. Prentice pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 21, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Prentice is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Prentice violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

7. Zyan Teighbron Coyle, a 19-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On April 20, 2012, Coyle originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of graffiti that occurred on April 20, 2012, in Childress County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 25, 2013, alleging three violations of community supervision.

Coyle pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 20 months. Coyle is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County, $800 restitution, and $250 fine.

8. Channing Joseph Bartley was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Bartley pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Bartley was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Dec. 7, 2013 by Childress K-9 Officer Coy Teichelman. Bartley pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Bartley is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service.
If Bartley violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

9. Jerome Pius Smonich was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Smonich pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Smonich was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Dec. 7, 2013 by Teichelman. Smonich pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Smonich is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service.
If Smonich violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Childress County Grand Jury

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Dec. 10, 2013

1. Tina Marie Armstrong, Injury to a Child, Third Degree Felony, Oct. 5, 2013.
2. Jose Alberto Cadena, Assault Family Violence Third Degree Felony, Burglary of Habitat second degree felony, Injury to a Child, Third Degree Felony, July 7, 2013.
3. Leah Denise Freeman, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Second Degree Felony, May 27, 2012.
4. Wesley Garza, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Second Degree Felony, May 27, 2012.
5. Steven Gibson, Injury to a Child, Third Degree Felony, June 18, 2013.
6. Arthur Alois Meredith, Failure to Register as Sex Offender, Second Degree Felony, Sept. 30, 2013.
7. Bobby Allen Prentice, Burglary of a Building, State Jail Felony, June 15, 2013.
8. Richard Lee Rosenbaum, DWI with Child Passenger, State Jail Felony, Oct. 16, 2013.
9. Mauela Salinas, Intoxication Manslaughter, Second Degree Felony, May 5, 2013.
10. Vincent Raul Villareal, Theft, State Jail Felony, June 4, 2013.
11. Derrick Lawrience Warren, Sexual Assault of a Child, Second Degree, Feb. 6, 2011.
12. Manuel Gonzales, Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony, March 12, 2013.
13. Johnny Dethaniel Cunningham, Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony, March 12, 2013.

One Adjudicated In Carson County District Court

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Panhandle – On Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, one plea took place which resulted in deferred adjudication.

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

1. Sarah Drucilla Medley was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Medley pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Medley, 28-year-old resident of Pampa, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 3, 2012 by Panhandle Officer Taner Blackburn. Medley was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 7, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Medley is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 400 hours of community service.

If Medley violates probation, she could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Childress County District Court Sentences One To TDCJ & One To Long-Term Treatment

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Childress – On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, two pleas took place and a contested adjudication hearing.

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.

Sheri Diane Jones, a 25-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On June 17, 2013, Jones originally pleaded guilty to the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a drug free zone that occurred on Feb. 11, 2013, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 25, 2013, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Jones pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion. One of the pleas was to a new state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in Childress County.

After the plea of true occurred, the State called two witnesses during the punishment phase of the hearing, Marc Latimer and Marci Mills, both probation officers with the 100th Judicial District’s Community Supervision and Corrections Department.

After all the evidence was heard regarding Jones’ overall noncompliance with most of the conditions of probation, Messer sentenced Jones to 25 years.

Jones is also required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, $140 restitution, and a $5,000 fine.

After the sentence in the Childress case, Jones also pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On June 17, 2013, Jones originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Feb. 9, 2012, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 26, 2013, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Jones pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to two years. Jones is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County and $140 restitution.

2. Corey Shane Black was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Black pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Black, 20-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Oct. 3, 2013 by Collingsworth County Chief Deputy Kent Riley. Black pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on November 20, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Black is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and attend and complete the Ray D. Anderson Community Corrections Facility which is a long-term court ordered treatment facility.

If Black violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Jones Sentenced To TDCJ

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Childress – On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, two pleas took place and a contested adjudication hearing.

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.

Sheri Diane Jones, a 25-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On June 17, 2013, Jones originally pleaded guilty to the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a drug free zone that occurred on Feb. 11, 2013, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 25, 2013, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Jones pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion. One of the pleas was to a new state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in Childress County.

After the plea of true occurred, the State called two witnesses during the punishment phase of the hearing, Marc Latimer and Marci Mills, both probation officers with the 100th Judicial District’s Community Supervision and Corrections Department.

After all the evidence was heard regarding Jones’ overall noncompliance with most of the conditions of probation, Messer sentenced Jones to 25 years.

Jones is also required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, $140 restitution, and a $5,000 fine.

After the sentence in the Childress case, Jones also pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On June 17, 2013, Jones originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Feb. 9, 2012, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 26, 2013, alleging six violations of community supervision.
Jones pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to two years. Jones is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County and $140 restitution.

2. Corey Shane Black was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Black pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Black, 20-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Oct. 3, 2013 by Collingsworth County Chief Deputy Kent Riley. Black pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 20, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Black is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and attend and complete the Ray D Anderson Community Corrections Facility which is a long-term court ordered treatment facility.

If Black violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Childress County District Court Adjudicates One

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Childress – On Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, one plea took place which resulted in deferred adjudication.

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.

Robert Arthur Dickson was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Dickson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Dickson, 53-year-old resident of Willow Creek, Calif., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place May 16, 2013 by Childress K-9 Officer Coy Teichelman. Dickson pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Oct. 4, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Dickson is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Dickson violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Keelin Sentences To 50 Years In TDCJ

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Memphis – On Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, one plea took place and one contested adjudication hearing.

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 Nov. 18. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $712 in court costs and $280 in restitution.

1. David Dwayne Keelin, a 44-year-old resident of Memphis, pleaded not true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On Sept. 27, 2012, Keelin originally pleaded guilty to the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver that occurred on July 3, 2011, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Aug. 5, 2013, alleging three violations of community supervision.

The State called one witness during the contested hearing, Marc Latimer with the 100th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department.

Latimer testified that although Keelin started out doing good on his probation, his compliance began failing when drug use began.

“The probationer was given several opportunities to make sure he was compiling with his conditions of probation,” said Inman. “Ultimately, his continued drug use after being placed on deferred for a drug offense resulted in a long-term sentence from the Judge today.”

Keelin pleaded not true to the violations contained in the State’s motion. After the testimony, Messer found two of the three violations true.

During the contested punishment hearing, the Defendant called several local character witnesses, including himself. Evidence was introduced by the State which showed Keelin had been convicted and sentenced for three different felony offenses.

After all the evidence was presented by both sides, Messer sentenced Keelin to 50 years.

Keelin is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, $140 restitution, and a $1,000 fine.

2. Shenise Antionette Eubanks was placed on probation for a period of eight years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Eubanks pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Eubanks, 26-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Feb. 21, 2012 by DPS Trooper Jay Stone. Eubanks pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Oct. 9, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Eubanks is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 400 hours of community service. If Eubanks violates probation, she could face up to 99 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Carson County District Court Adjudicates One

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Panhandle – On Thursday, November 14, 2013, one plea took place which resulted in deferred adjudication.

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.

Allyson Strickland Boggan was placed on probation for a period of two years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Boggan pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Boggan, 48-year-old resident of Germantown, Tenn., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place December 9, 2011 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Boggan was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on May 9, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Boggan is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 300 hours of community service. If Boggan violates probation, she could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Clifton Roy Todd Pleads Guilty To Online Solicitation Of Minor

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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.

Clifton Roy Todd was placed on probation for a period of eight years for the third degree felony offense of indecency with a child. Todd pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Todd, 27-year-old resident of Memphis, was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place July 22, 2013. This case was a joint investigation by several Memphis Police Officer, including Chief Chris Jolly, Officer Deana Jolly, Officer William Wright and Texas Ranger Bo Brown. Todd pleaded guilty to an information by the State on Nov. 12, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Todd is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Hall County, $376 in court costs, complete 300 hours of community service, and register as a sex offender.

Todd was also placed on probation for a period of eight years for the third degree felony offense of online solicitation of a minor. Todd pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Todd is required to pay $376 in court costs and register as a sex offender. If Todd violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ for both offenses.