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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.

Montelongo Sentenced To Five Years In TDCJ

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Wellington – On Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, one contested hearing 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.

Chris Montelongo pleaded not true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault against a public servant.

On June 17, 2014, Montelongo originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on May 22, 2014, in Collingsworth County. The State filed the motion on July 3, 2014, alleging four violations of community supervision.

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

Childress County Sentences Smith To TDCJ

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Childress – On Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, one plea took place in Childress County, Texas, which resulted in the conviction of Tyler Lee Smith.

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.

Tyler Lee Smith was convicted for the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

“Domestic violence, like this case, is taken seriously by law enforcement in the 100th Judicial District and this office,” said Inman. “We recently hosted a domestic violence seminar for law enforcement in Wellington that emphasized going forward with domestic assault cases, even when you don’t have the support of the victim like we lacked in this case.”

Smith, 20-year-old of Amarillo, was arrested on Nov. 8, 2013 and was indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on May 14, 2014. This trial was scheduled for Aug. 26 in Donley County.

“This defendant used a knife during an attack on his own girlfriend causing her serious injuries which almost took her life,” said Inman. “Due to the use of the knife in this offense, he will have to complete at least five years of his sentence before becoming parole eligible.”

Pursuant to the plea Smith is required to pay $398 in court costs and a $2,000 fine.

Donley County Grand Jury Indicts Four

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Donley County Grand Jury met on Aug. 6, 2014 and indicted four persons on six offenses.

1. Gary Dale English was indicted for Theft Class A which was filed in County Court on May 17, 2014.

2. Paul Alexander Rodgers was indicted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 2nd degree, on May 9, 2014.

3. Frank Wesley Carson was indicted on three offenses: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 2nd degree; Assault Family Member, 3rd degree; and five counts of Retaliation, 3rd degree, on May 18, 2014.

4. Victor Antonio Mendoza was indicted for Driving While Intoxicated, 3rd degree, Enhanced 2nd degree, on May 10, 2014.

Collingsworth Grand Jury – Aug. 5, 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Collingsworth County Grand Jury met on Aug. 5, 2014 and indicted Emily Garcia for the offense of Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility, 3rd degree, and Tampering with Evidence, 3rd degree.

Childress County District Court Hears Five Pleas

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Childress – On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, five 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 $11,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on July 1. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,624.50 in court costs and $2,180 in restitution.

1. Brittany L. Giordano was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Giordano pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Giordano, 22-year-old resident of Covington, La., was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place June 5, 2014 by Chris Jolly. Giordano pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on June 30, 2014.

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

2. Larry Walter Stout was convicted for the third degree felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to three years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Stout, 36-year-old of Childress, was arrested in Childress County by Ronnie Bentley and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on May 6. 2014.

Pursuant to the plea Stout is required to pay $1,000 fine to Childress County and $400.50 in court costs.

3. Malissa Dawn Sadler was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Sadler pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Sadler, 37-year-old resident of Elk City, Okla., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Oct. 13, 2013 by JC Blackburn. Sadler pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 25, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Sadler is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Sadler violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

4. Charles Wesley Wheeler 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 theft of material.

On Aug. 17, 2011, Wheeler originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on April 15, 2012, in Carson County. Connie Ogle was the arresting officer on the original charge.

The State filed the motion on Nov. 26, 2012, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Wheeler pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced 14 months. Wheeler is also required to pay $236 in court costs to Carson County, a $1,000 fine, and $969.43 in restitution.

5. Misty Lynn Grant 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 hindering apprehension or prosecution.

On June 3, 2013, Grant originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on May 20, 2012, in Carson County. JC Blackburn was the arresting officer on the original charge.

The State filed the motion on April 14, 2014, alleging 12 violations of community supervision.

Grant pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced six years. Grant is also required to pay $271 in court costs to Carson County, a $2,500 fine, and $2,000 in restitution.

Collingsworth County Grand Jury Indicts

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Collingsworth County Grand Jury met on June 24, 2014, and indicted four on seven different charges.

Indicted were:
1. Dustin Cole Castillo for Intoxication Assault, 3rd degree on May 18, 2014;
2. Robbie Leahe Gonzales for Assualt Against a Family Member, 3rd degree on May 26, 2014;
3. Ray Garcia for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, 3rd degree on May 8, 2014, and Retaliation Against a Public Servant, 3rd degree, Tampering with Evidence, 3rd degree and Fraudulent Use of Identifying Info, State Jail Felony (SJF), all on May 30, 2014;
4. Anselmo Garcia Silva, Jr. for Theft, SJF, on May 31, 2014.

Needham Convicted In Donley County

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Clarendon – On Monday, June 23, 2014, one plea took place in Donley County, Texas, which resulted of a conviction of a Wellington resident.

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. Lonnie Hugh Needham III was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Needham, 39-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested after the State filed its Motion to Adjudicate on June 12, 2014. The State alleged three allegations, which Needham pleaded true to all three.

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

Due to the nature of the offense, Needham will be required to serve at least five years before becoming parole eligible.