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Childress County District Court Hears Four Pleas

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Childress – On Tuesday, April 15, 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.

A total of $15,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on April 15. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,553 in court costs and $500 in restitution.

1. Brittany Ann Lee, a 31-year-old resident of Arlington, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to 7.5 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Aug. 19, 2011, Lee originally pleaded guilty to the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on July 24, 2011, in Hall County.

The State filed the first amended motion to revoke on March 7, 2014, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Lee is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, a $5,000 fine, and $140 restitution.

2. Lee also pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Aug. 19, 2011, Lee originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of endangering a child that occurred on July 24, 2011, in Hall County.

The State filed the first amended motion to revoke on March 7, 2014, alleging three violations of community supervision.
Lee is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County.

3. Debbie Rodriguez was placed on probation for a period of five years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred
adjudication for the offense.

Rodriguez, 53-year-old resident of San Jose, Calif., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place March 30, 2014 by Childress Police Officer Coy Teichelman. Rodriguez plead to a complaint filed by the State on April 14, 2014.

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

4. Guadalupe Gonzales was placed on probation for a period of five years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Gonzales pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Gonzales, 43-year-old resident of San Jose, Calif., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place March 30, 2014 by Teichelman. Gonzales plead to a complaint filed by the State on April 14, 2014.

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

Collingsworth County District Court Hears Two Pleas

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Wellington – On Monday, April 7, 2014, two 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 $1,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on April 7. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $801 in court costs and $360 in restitution.

1. Tawan Sekou Jordan was placed on probation for a period of two years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Jordan pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Jordan, 39-year-old resident of Slidell, La., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Oct. 31, 2013 by Childress Police Officer Coy Teichelman. Jordan was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on March 4, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Jordan is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service.
If Jordan violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

2. Johnny Dethaniel Cunningham was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Cunningham pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Cunningham, 48-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place March 12, 2013 by Childress Police Officer Chad Ware. Cunningham was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Cunningham is required to pay a $500 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Cunningham violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Donley County Grand Jury Indicts Two

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The Donley County Grand Jury met on April 1, 2014 and indicted two.

Indicted were: Matthew Lunsford for the 3rd degree felony of Deadly Conduct on Feb. 23, 2014; and Michael John Herman for the 2nd degree felony of Aggrevated Assault with a DW on March 11, 2014.

Hall County District Court Hears Three Pleas

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Memphis – On Thursday, March 27, 2014, three pleas took place in Hall 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 $7,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on March 27. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,070 in court costs and $140 in restitution.

1. Bill Villarreal Costey, a 48-year-old resident of La Puente, Calif., pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to two years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On May 20, 2009, Costey originally pleaded guilty to the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana that occurred on Jan. 23, 2009, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on March 17, 2013, alleging five violations of community supervision.
Costey is also required to pay $313 in court costs to Carson County, a $6,000 fine, and $140 restitution.

2. Ricky Paul Salgado was convicted for the third degree felony offense of assault against a family member. Salgado was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, however, the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Salgado, 26-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place May 4, 2013 by Collingsworth County Sheriff Kent Riley. Salgado was indicted by a Collingsworth County Grand Jury on June 6, 2013.

“Sheriff Riley has been great for this community in taking over the Sheriff’s Office and making quality investigations so we can go forward with successful prosecutions like this case today,” said Inman.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Salgado is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Salgado violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

3. Jason Dwight Bridges was convicted for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of criminal trespass. Bridges was sentenced to 30 days in the Hall County Jail.

Bridges, 39-year-old resident of Memphis, was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place June 5, 2013 by Hall County Deputy James Palmitier. Bridges was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury on December 13, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Bridges is required to pay $381 in court costs.

Childress County District Court Hears Four Pleas

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Childress – On Monday, March 24, 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.

A total of $14,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on March 24, of which $5,500 was paid upfront. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,582 in court costs and $1,866.68 in restitution.

1. Jacob Israel Martinez was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity. Martinez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Martinez, 45-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Dec. 23, 2013 by Childress Police Officer Jarod Dill. Martinez was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on March 4, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Martinez is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, $1,506.68 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Martinez violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

2. Edward Lee Horne was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana. Horne pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Horne, 43-year-old resident of Victorville, Calif., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Sept. 10, 2013 by Childress Police Patrolman and K-9 Unit Coy Teichelman and pleaded to an information filed by the State on Nov. 21, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Horne was required to pay an upfront fine of $3,000 to Childress County, $390.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Horne violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Childress County Jail.

3. Joe Ben Hemingway was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument. Hemingway pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Hemingway, 41-year-old resident of Hugo, Okla., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place June 15, 2013 by Childress Police Officer Jesse Zuniga and pleaded to an information filed by the State on Oct. 4, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Hemingway was required to pay an upfront fine of $2,500 to Childress County, $390.50 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Hemingway violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Childress County Jail.

4. Derrick Lawrience Warren was placed on probation for a period of six years for the third degree felony offense of unlawful restraint. Warren pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Warren, 37-year-old resident of Carencro, La., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Oct. 1, 2013 by Childress Police Officer Matthew Bradley. Warren pleaded to an information filed by the State on March 24, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Warren is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Childress County, $400.50 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Warren violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Carson County Jury Finds Luera Guilty; Sentenced To 45 Years

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Panhandle – On Wednesday, a Carson County jury found 40-year-old Ralph Pena Luera, of Skellytown, guilty of the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation, enhanced to a first degree felony.

At the conclusion of the two-day jury trial, the jury sentenced Luera to 45 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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.

Luera was arrested by Carson County Deputy Terry Atchley for the burglary offense on Oct. 10, 2013.

The alleged offense date in the indictment was Aug. 20, 2013.

The State called four witnesses during its case in chief. Both owners of the residence testified that Luera, their brother-in-law, did not have permission to be in the home while they were on vacation in Ohio.

“Everyone has that fear of having their house burglarized while they are on vacation,” said Inman. “But the usual suspect is not your brother-in-law like in this case. That’s something you just usually don’t suspect.”

Testimony at trial established that the owner did not trust her own sister, Jaime Roper and Luera’s wife, to give her permission to enter the home while they were on vacation either.

Luera stole an Acer laptop computer and a .357 Rossi from the victims, which they immediately realized was missing after a week-long vacation visiting their grandparents.
After the close of the State’s case, the jury deliberated for over an hour and found Luera guilty of the second degree felony offense.

During the punishment phase, the State called one witness, Childress County Chief Deputy Danny Gillem who is also an expert in fingerprint analysis and comparisons.

Gillem testified that before this conviction on Tuesday, Luera has been convicted of nine different felony offenses and one misdemeanor since 1992 when Luera was 18 years old.

Luera’s punishment was enhanced by the State from the second degree felony of burglary of a habitation, to a 25-year minimum sentence due to two of the nine previous felony convictions.

The State used one felony conviction out of Hays County where the defendant received a 20-year sentence for a second degree felony of burglary of a building in 1992. The State also used Luera’s last felony conviction, coming out of Potter County in 2010, where he received a two year sentence for a third degree felony.

After a 20 minute deliberation, the jury assessed punishment for 45 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Luera was also accessed court costs in the amount of $1,073.00.

Glenn Arthur Likins Sentenced For Aggravated Assault

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Panhandle – On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, one plea took place in Carson County, Texas, which resulted in the conviction of Glenn Arthur Likins.

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.

Glenn Arthur Likins was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for two counts of the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault.

Likins, 44-year-old resident of Groom, was arrested in Carson County for the aggravated assault offense that took place Oct. 2, 2013. J.C. Blackburn with the Carson County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation after dispatch received the 911 call.

“This was a gruesome assault that led the victim requiring reconstructive surgery on the right side of her face by Dr. Rouzbeh Kordestani out of Amarillo,” said Inman. “The fact that the victim was the Defendant’s mother and he thought he killed her and left her for dead made this one of our most heinous cases in our six years to handle.”

Blackburn was assisted by Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand, Deputy Kim Wauer, and Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Josh Allen.

Likins was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Jan. 6, 2014 on four felony counts. Three of which were second degree felonies and one was a third degree felony.

“The investigation from J.C. [Blackburn] on this case was superb and one of the best investigative reports we’ve seen,” said Inman. “He spent a lot of man hours collecting evidence for this prosecution and that’s why we were able to get such a high sentence, 75% of what the Defendant was ultimately facing, without a trial.”

The trial was scheduled for March 25, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, the State dropped one second degree count and one third degree count. Likins is required to pay $541 in court costs and $3,429.42 restitution.

Carson County District Court Hears Seven Pleas

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Panhandle – On Monday, March 17, 2014, seven 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 $21,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on March 17. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $2,281 in court costs and $3,659.87 in restitution.

1. Edwin Rohney Mowrer, a 39-year-old resident of Manheim, Pa., pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Nov. 9, 2011, Mowrer originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of marihuana that occurred on June 29, 2011, in Carson County.

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

Mowrer is also required to pay $296 in court costs to Carson County, a $2,500 fine, and $140 restitution.

2. Lorne Cliff Moffitt, a 46-year-old resident of Fritch, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Aug. 27, 2012, Moffitt originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of theft that occurred on April 5, 2010, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on August 6, 2013, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Moffitt is also required to pay $271 in court costs to Carson County, a $500 fine, and $1,500 restitution.

3. Regina Ralston was placed on probation for a period of five years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Ralston pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ralston, 44-year-old resident of Luttrell, Tenn., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 17, 2013 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield and pleaded to an information filed by the State on July 1, 2013.

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

4. Nichole Leilani Ralston was placed on probation for a period of five years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Ralston pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ralston, 22-year-old resident of Seaside, Ore., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 17, 2013 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield and pleaded to an information filed by the State on July 1, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ralston was required to pay a fine of $5,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, $1,119.87 transport cost, and successfully complete 400 hours of community service. If Ralston violates probation, she could face up to 99 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

5. Tri Thoi Nguyen was convicted for the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Nguyen was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ; but, the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Nguyen, 38-year-old resident of San Francisco, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Dec. 28, 2011 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Nguyen was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Jan. 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Nguyen is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $370 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Nguyen violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

6. Jeremy Jonathan Orellana was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of marihuana. Orellana pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Orellana, 25-year-old resident of Riverview, Fla., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place May 2, 2013 by DPS Trooper Danny Nunez and pleaded to an information filed by the State on Oct. 8, 2013.

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

7. James Rodriguez was placed on probation for the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rodriguez, 21-year-old resident of Bloomington, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place June 4, 2013 by DPS Trooper Wally Garza. Rodriguez was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rodriguez 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 Rodriguez violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Childress County District Court Convicts Two; Adjudicates One

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Childress – On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, three pleas took place which resulted in two convictions and one deferred adjudication.

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 $6,000 in fines were assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on March 12. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,133 in court costs and $460 in restitution.

Dana Marie Thompkins, a 52-year-old resident of Dodson, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Sept. 15, 2010, Thompkins originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Nov. 3, 2009, in Collingsworth County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Oct. 29, 2013, alleging one violation of community supervision.

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

2. Norma Ann Garcia, a 32-year-old resident of Wellington, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 16 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On Aug. 8, 2013, Garcia originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on July 26, 2013, in Collingsworth County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Dec. 12, 2013, alleging five violations of community supervision.

Garcia is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County, a $2,000 fine, and $140 restitution.

3. Jonathan Ricardo Salazar was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Salazar pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Salazar, 20-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place Dec. 23, 2013 by Memphis Police Officer Graham Carter. Salazar plead to a complaint filed by the State on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Salazar is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Hall County, $381 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Salazar violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Donley County District Court Hears Two Pleas

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Clarendon – On Thursday, March 6, 2014, two pleas took place which resulted in convictions.

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 $5,500 in fines were assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on March 6. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,065 in court costs and
$140 in restitution.

Larry Mario Jaramillo, a 39-year-old resident of Lelia Lake, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Sept. 20, 2012, Jaramillo originally pleaded guilty to the first degree felony offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child that occurred on April 1, 2012, in Donley County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Dec. 12, 2013, alleging two violations of community supervision.

Jaramillo is also required to pay $689 in court costs to Donley County and a $5,000 fine.

2. Colten Michael Bradham, a 21-year-old resident of Wellington, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On June 17, 2013, Bradham originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Dec. 29, 2012, in Collingsworth County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on November 4, 2013, alleging nine violations of community supervision.

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