Childress District County Convicts Four; Adjudicates Eight

Childress – On Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, 12 pleas took place which resulted in four convictions and eight deferred adjudications.

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 $13,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on August 8. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $4,544 in court costs and $1,180 restitution.

1. Mark Anthony Vasquez, a 35-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to eight years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Sept. 26, 2011, Vasquez originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of kidnapping that occurred on July 5, 2011, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on May 2, 2013, alleging 8 violations of community supervision.

Vasquez pleaded true to all of the violations contained in the State’s motion in an agreed plea and was sentenced to 8 years. Vasquez is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County and a $1,500 fine.

2. Eric Lee Rodriguez was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rodriguez, 29-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested by Collingsworth County Deputy Oddie Smith for the offense that took place July 9, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 17, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rodriguez is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $280 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Rodriguez violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institution Division of the TDCJ.

3. Rodriguez was also placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of tampering with evidence. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred
Rodriguez was arrested by Memphis Police Chief Chris Jolly for the offense that took place July 3, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 18, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rodriguez is required to pay $376 in court costs. If Rodriguez violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institution Division of the TDCJ.

4. Edward Otho Thompkins was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Thompkins pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Thompkins, 21-year-old resident of Dodson, was arrested by Smith for the offense that took place June 2, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 15, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Thompkins is required to pay a $500 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Thompkins violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

5. Tyson Jeremy Casas was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of fraud. Casas pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Casas, 28-year-old resident of Memphis, was arrested by Memphis Police Officer Deena Jolly for the offense that took place Oct. 10, 2011 and was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury on Aug. 6, 2013

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Casas is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Hall County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Casas violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institution Division of the TDCJ.

6. Briana Lea Thompson was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Thompson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Thompson, 29-year-old resident of Allen, Texas, was arrested by Childress Police Officer Chad Ware for the offense that took place April 28, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 15, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Thompson is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Thompson violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Institution Division of the TDCJ.

7. Chad Devlon Keever was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of burglary of a building. Keever pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Keever, 40-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested by Childress Police Officer Jerrald Johnson for the offense that took place May 1, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 15, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Keever is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $200 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Keever violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

8. Fabian Lee Schlinker was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Schlinker pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Keever, 24-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested by Childress Police Officer Mike Warren for the offense that took place April 21, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 18, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Schlinker is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Schlinker violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

9. Kevin Dale Crain was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Crain pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on May 25, 2013 and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Crain, 52-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested by Childress Police Officer Jesse Zuniga and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 30, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Crain is required to pay $360.50 in court costs to Childress County upfront, an upfront $1,000 fine to Childress County, successfully complete 200 hours of community service, and complete all DWI requirements under Chapter 49.

10. Norma Ann Garcia was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Garcia pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Garcia, 31-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested by Collingsworth County Deputy Larry Ashurst for the offense that took place July 26, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Aug. 8, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Garcia is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Garcia violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

11. Alberto R Contreras was convicted for the third degree felony offense of evading arrest. Contreras pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on June 6, 2013 and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Contreras, 29-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested by Collingsworth County Sheriff’s Deputy Oddie Smith and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Aug. 8, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Contreras is required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, a $500 fine, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. This plea could result in the deportation of Contreras to his country of origin, Mexico.

12. Ernesto Galvan, Jr. was convicted for the third degree felony offense of assault on a public servant. Galvan pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on May 16, 2012 and was sentenced to two years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Galvan was indicted by a Childress Grand Jury on May 7, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Galvan is required to pay $385.50 in court costs. This case was prosecuted by the Special Prosecutor, Roger White.

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