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Childress County District Court Hears 12 Pleas

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Childress – On Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, 12 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. Malinda Herrera 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 possession of a controlled substance.

On Jan. 30, 2013, Herrera originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on Jan. 24, 2013, in Collingsworth County.

The State filed the motion on Sept. 11, 2014, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Herrera is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County, a $4,000 fine, and $140 in restitution.

2. Jeramie Ibarra was placed on probation for a period of two years for the class A misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana. Ibarra pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ibarra, 25-year-old resident of Baton Rogue, La., was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place April 22, 2014 by Memphis Police Officer Graham Carter and plead to an information filed by the State on Sept. 10, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ibarra is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Hall County upfront, $381 in court costs, $180.00 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Ibarra violates probation, he could face up to one year in the county jail.

3. Savannah Taylor Bryan was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of marijuana. Bryan pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Bryan, 21-year-old resident of Bossier City, La., was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place April 22, 2014 by Carter.
Bryan pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Sept. 10, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Bryan is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Hall County, $381 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Bryan violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

4. Bianca Saenz pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to 16 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On March 4, 2013, Saenz originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on Feb. 19, 2013, in Hall County.

The State filed the first amended motion on Sept. 15, 2014, alleging 13 violations of community supervision.

Saenz is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, a $2,000 fine, and $140 in restitution

5. Thomas Eugene Fields was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Fields pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Fields, 32-year-old resident of Woodward, Okla., was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Aug. 22, 2014 by Collingsworth County Deputy Mike Warren. Fields pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Sept. 10, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Fields is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Fields violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

6. Matthew Lunsford was placed on probation for a period of two years for the class A misdemeanor offense of deadly conduct. Lunsford pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Lunsford, 18-year-old resident of Clarendon, was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place Feb. 23, 2014 by Donley County Deputy Jay Logan and was indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on April 1, 2014.

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

7. Wayne Thomas Smith was placed on probation for a period of five years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Smith pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Smith, 37-year-old resident of Tampa, Fla., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place April 15, 2014 by Childress Police Officer Coy Teichelman, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 18, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Smith is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Smith violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

8. Rafael Portales-Chamizo was placed on probation for a period of five years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Portales-Chamizo pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Portales-Chamizo, 49-year-old resident of Miami Gardens, Fla., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place July 30, 2014 by Teichelman, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Sept. 15, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Portales-Chamizo is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Portales-Chamizo violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

9. James Harvey Menninger was placed on probation for a period of two years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Menninger pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Menninger, 67-year-old resident of Fort Worth, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place June 7, 2014 by DPS Trooper Chad Baize, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Sept. 15, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Menninger is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Childress County upfront, $400.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Menninger violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

10. Ricardo Antonio Zambrano was convicted for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of ten years.

Zambrano, 24-year-old of Wichita Falls, was arrested by Teichelman on June 10, 2014 and pleaded to an information filed by the State on Sept. 15, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Zambrano is required to pay a $10,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and complete 400 hours of community service.

11. Hayde Posey, Jr. was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Posey pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Posey, 34-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place July 26, 2014 and investigation was conducted by Childress Police Detective Landon Johnson. Posey was later indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Oct. 2, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Posey is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Posey violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

12. Posey, Jr. was also placed on probation for a period of six years for the third degree felony offense of continuous assault family violence. Posey pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

If Posey violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Donley County District Court Takes Five Pleas

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Clarendon– On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, five 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. Colby Rawlings Steddum pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

On May 14, 2012, Steddum originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on Jan. 2, 2012, in Hall County.

The State filed the first amended motion on Sept. 15, 2014, alleging 15 violations of community supervision.

Steddum is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, a $3,000 fine, and $140 in restitution.

2. Billy Gene Chadwick was convicted for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Chadwick, 41-year-old of Clarendon, was arrested in Donley County by Donley County Deputy Sonny Marasco on April 21, 2014 and was later indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on June 25, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Chadwick is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Donley County, $614 in court costs, and complete 300 hours of community service.

3. Cristobal Gonzales pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was sentenced to 16 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of evading arrest.

On Nov. 8, 2012, Gonzales originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on July 4, 2012, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion on July 22, 2014, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Gonzales is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County and a $4,000 fine.

4. Adam Jesus Contreras pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to sixteen months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On May 23, 2013, Contreras originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on April 16, 2013, in Collingsworth County.
The State filed the motion on April 10, 2014, alleging 12 violations of community supervision.

Contreras is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County, a $1,500 fine, and $140 in restitution.

5. Manuel Salinas pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault family violence enhanced.

On June 9, 2014, Salinas originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on Oct. 31, 2013, in Childress County.

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

Salinas is also required to pay $400.50 in court costs to Childress County and a $3,000 fine.

Six Pleas Heard By Childress County District Court

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Childress– On Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, six 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 Dan Mike Bird presiding by assignment.

1. Victor Antonio Mendoza was convicted for the enhanced second degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Mendoza, 46-year-old of Amarillo, was arrested by DPS Trooper Lynn Mays on May 10, 2014 in Donley County and was indicted by a Grand Jury on Aug. 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Mendoza is required to pay $573 in court costs.

2. Anselmo Garcia Silva, Jr. was convicted for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of theft and was sentenced to one year in the Collingsworth County Jail, but the sentence was probated for a period of one year.

Silva, 36-year-old of Wellington, was arrested by Collingsworth County Sheriff Kent Riley on April 1, 2014 for the offense that occurred on March 31, 2014 and was indicted by a Grand Jury on June 24, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Silva is required to pay a $250 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $300 restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service.

3. Jesse Cipronio Cantu pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On Oct. 11, 2011, Cantu originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on September 7, 2011, in Collingsworth County.

The State filed the motion on Sept. 11, 2014, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Cantu is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County, a $6,000 fine, and $140 in restitution.

4. Jason David Herbert pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was sentenced to eight years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more.

On Oct. 7, 2013, Herbert originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on March 29, 2013, in Donley County.

The State filed the motion on Sept. 16, 2014, alleging three violations of community supervision.

Herbert is also required to pay $563 in court costs to Donley County, a $500 fine, and $140 in restitution.

5. David Guadalupe Rojas 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 third degree felony offense of assault on a public servant.

On Jan. 9, 2006, Rojas originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on April 20, 2005, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion on June 5, 2014, alleging ten violations of community supervision.

Rojas is also required to pay $347.50 in court costs to Childress County and a $3,000 fine.

6. Rojas was also convicted for the third degree felony offense of assault on a public servant and was sentenced to eight years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Rojas, 42-year-old of Childress, was arrested by Childress Police Officer Todd Gambol on May 9, 2014 in Childress County and was indicted by a Grand Jury on August 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Rojas is required to pay $400.50 in court costs.

Donley County District Court Takes Three Pleas

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Clarendon – On Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, three pleas took place in Donley 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.

A total of $1,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Sept. 25. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,200 in court costs and $2,532.12 in restitution.

1. Ricky Paul Salgado 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 third degree felony offense of assault against a family member.

On March 27, 2014, Salgado originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on May 4, 2013, in Collingsworth County.
The State filed the motion on Sept. 17, 2014, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Salgado is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County and a $1,000 fine.

2. Jessica Silva Rivas was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Rivas pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rivas, 23-year-old resident of Windsor, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Jan. 28, 2014 by Danny Dawson. Rivas plead to an information filed by the State on March 24, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rivas is required to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $1,596.50 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Rivas violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

In addition to being placed on probation, Rivas’ plea of guilty subjects her to her country of origin, which is Mexico.

3. Jody Don Leffew was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of forgery.

Leffew, 44-year-old resident of Clarendon, was arrested on March 25, 2014, 2014 for the offense that took place Sept. 16, 2013 in Donley County.

Leffew plead to an information filed by the State on Sept. 25, 2014. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Leffew is required to pay $488 in and court costs and $935.62 restitution.

Carson County Grand Jury Indicts Five

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

The Grand Jury of Carson County met on Sept. 30, 2014 and indicted five persons.

Hugh Anderson Cordell was indicted for the second degree felony of Indecency with a Child which occurred on June 1, 2013.

Natalie Sue Daniells was indicted for the State Jail Felony of Burglary of a Building and the State Jail Felony of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle which occurred on May 16, 2014.

Shanice Rachelle Smith was indicted for the second degree felony of Sexual Assault of a Child and the third degree Prohibited Sexual conduct that occurred on May 11, 2014.

Bounmy Somchay was indicted for third degree Assault Family Violence by Choking on April 6, 2014.

Jared Villasenor was indicted for the second degree charge of Money Laundering on Aug. 9, 2012.

Donley County District Court Hears Plea

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Clarendon – On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2014, one plea took place in Donley 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. Kendrick Shurone Johnson was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Johnson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Johnson, 33-year-old resident of Oskay, Miss., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Joseph Shafer for the offense that took place Sept. 12, 2012 and was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Aug.7, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Johnson is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $1,273.68 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Johnson violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Hall County District Court Hears Two Pleas

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Memphis – On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, two 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.

A total of $2,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Sept. 2. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $762 in court costs and $6,800.01 in restitution.

1. Christopher Lee Heath was convicted and sentenced to 16 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of theft of a firearm.

Heath, 25-year-old resident of Memphis, was arrested in Hall County on Aug. 16, 2014 for the offense by Memphis Police Chief Chris Jolly. Heath pleaded to an information filed by the State on Aug. 29, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Heath is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Hall County, $381 in and court costs.

2. Maribel Camacho Gonzales was placed on probation for a period of five years for the state jail felony offense of theft. Gonzales pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Gonzales, 43-year-old resident of Tulia, was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place Jan. 1, 2010. Gonzales, the former Hall County Tax Assessor / Collector, was investigated by Texas Ranger Bo Brown for theft over several years that occurred while she was performing her duties in that capacity.

Gonzales pleaded to an information filed by the State on Aug. 29, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Gonzales is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Hall County, $381 in court costs, $6,800.01 restitution to Hall County, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Gonzales violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Collingsworth County District Court Hears Four Pleas

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Wellington – On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, four pleas took place in Collingsworth 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 $7,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Sept. 2. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,528.50 in court costs and $7,168 in restitution.

1. Ray Garcia was convicted and sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender.

Garcia, 45-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County on May 30, 2014 for the offense that took place May 8, 2014 by Collingsworth Sheriff Kent Riley.

“Sheriff Riley does an excellent job in monitoring the sex offenders who reside in this county and makes sure they follow through with all registration requirements,” said Inman. “Making sure all registered sex offenders comply with reregistering, so we know where they are living, is a crucial step in protecting the children of this community.”

Garcia was indicted by a Collingsworth County Grand Jury on June 24, 2014 for two separate offenses of failure to register as a sex offender. Garcia was also indicted on the state jail felony offense of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

2. Garcia was also convicted and sentenced to 16 months in the State Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Garcia is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Collingsworth County and $752 in and court costs.

3. Dustin Cole Castillo was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Castillo pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Castillo, 20-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place May 18, 2014, and was indicted by a Collingsworth County Grand Jury on June 24, 2014. DPS Trooper Darik Heider was the lead investigating officer on this case.

“Trooper Heider is a young trooper in this area who completed an outstanding, thorough investigation that lead to this successful plea to a very serious felony offense that almost cost the lives of two young adults from this district,” said Inman.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Castillo is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $6,372.00 restitution, and complete 300 hours of community service. If Castillo violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

4. Mark McGuffin was placed on probation for a period of five years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. McGuffin pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

McGuffin, 49-year-old resident of Bloomfield, N.M., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Sept. 1, 2012 by DPS Trooper Chad Baize. McGuffin was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Aug. 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, McGuffin is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, $400.50 in court costs, $796 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If McGuffin violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Carson County District Court Hears Nine Pleas

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Panhandle – On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, nine 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.

A total of $33,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Aug. 25. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $3,071 in court costs and $3,289.40 in restitution.

1. Jamila Leandra Keaton was placed on probation for a period of five years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Keaton pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Keaton, 31-year-old resident of Altadena, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Dec. 2, 2012 by DPS
Trooper Aaron Tarnutzer, and was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Keaton is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and complete 400 hours of community service. If Keaton violates probation, she could face up to 99 years or life in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

2. Eric Steven Outlaw was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Outlaw pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Outlaw, 41-year-old resident of Jacksonville, Fla., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place May 16, 2013 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar, and was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Outlaw is required to pay a $10,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and complete 400 hours of community service. If Outlaw violates probation, he could face up to 99 years or life in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

3. Marc Berkley was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Berkley pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Berkley, 52-year-old resident of Loveland, Colo., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Oct. 30, 2011 by Dollar. Berkley was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Berkley is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $360 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Berkley violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

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

Sethanant, 30-year-old resident of San Diego, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Feb. 10, 2012 by DPS Trooper Trevor Dillard. Sethanant was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Sethanant is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $1,489.40 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Sethanant violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

5. Shona Reanae Dorsey was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Dorsey pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Dorsey, 29-year-old resident of Pampa, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 8, 2013 by DPS Trooper Garry Bullard. Dorsey was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Dorsey is required to pay a $7,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Dorsey violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

6. Clifton Eugene Patterson was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of marijuana. Patterson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Patterson, 30-year-old resident of Vacaville, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place March 19, 2014 by DPS Trooper Max Honesto. Patterson pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on June 18, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Patterson is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Patterson violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

7. Josh Gene Stevens was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of burglary of a building. Stevens pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Stevens, 19-year-old resident of Pampa, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Dec. 15, 2014 by White Deer City Marshall Darell Luster. Stevens was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Stevens is required to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, $276 in court costs, $400 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Stevens violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

8. Yonoah Yahola McKinney was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of marijuana. McKinney pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

McKinney, 37-year-old resident of Pine Grove, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Dec. 10, 2011 by DPS Sergeant Oscar Esqueda. McKinney was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, McKinney is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If McKinney violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

9. Jerry Lynn Norwood pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to 14 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On Oct. 1, 2012, Norwood originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on Dec. 1, 2011, in Donley County.

The State filed the motion on April 9, 2014, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Norwood is also required to pay $443 in court costs to Donley County, a $500 fine, and $140 in restitution.

Sookraj Sentenced To 39 Years For Aggravated Sexual Assault

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Panhandle – On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, two pleas took place in Carson County, Texas, which resulted in the conviction and sentence of Christopher Lee Sookraj.

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.

Christopher Lee Sookraj was convicted of the first degree felony offense of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled individual and was sentenced to 39 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Sookraj, 31-year-old of Childress, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2013 and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on March 4, 2014 for multiple first and second degree counts of sexual assault and indecency with a child.

“This defendant received a long sentence for the sexual acts he performed on two young females,” said Inman. “This plea was for our victims who had to undergo multiple instances of sexual abuse at the hands of this predator and courageously came forward and stuck with us throughout this stressful process.”

Seven felony counts were scheduled for a jury trial in Childress beginning Sept. 3, 2014. Foregoing that trial, a plea deal was struck early Monday morning.

“These trials are difficult for everyone involved, especially the victims and victims’ family members,” said Inman. “We would not have been successful in this plea without their support. In addition to having the victim’s support, the Childress Police Department under Chief Ottis Garcia and Detective Landon Johnson should be commended on their efforts in moving so quickly and thoroughly in this investigation.”

Sookraj was also convicted for the second degree felony offense of sexual assault and was sentenced to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Sookraj was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury for this offense on Aug. 6, 2014. Sookraj will also have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life once released from prison.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the effort put forth by our office and the DA’s office in arriving at this outcome for this heinous offense, said Johnson. “I truly feel justice was served.”

Pursuant to the plea Sookraj is required to pay $801 in court costs.