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Memphis, Hall County, Texas July 9, 2012

Memphis – On Monday, July 9, 2012, three pleas took place which resulted in two convictions and one deferred adjudication.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
A total of $5,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on July 9. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,136 in court costs and $140 restitution.

1. Stephen Gonzalez was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for the second degree felony offense of reckless injury to a child that occurred in Childress County on Aug. 11, 2011.

Gonzalez, 28-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Childress after Childress Police Department Corporal Shade Miller and Lieutenant Adrian Garcia conducted an investigation for injury to a child. The Childress PD was assisted by two Amarillo Police Department Officers, Justin Taylor and Sergeant Kevin Dockery.

“This was an excellent investigation conducted by both agencies that assisted my office to reach this plea agreement today,” said Inman.

Gonzalez was indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on Aug. 30, 2011 for the first degree felony offense of injury to a child by an intentional or knowingly act. Gonzalez is required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County and a $2,000 fine.

This trial for this offense was scheduled for a contested jury trial next week, beginning July 16. Pursuant to the plea to the lesser included offense, no trial will go forward against Gonzalez.

2. Herbert Lee McCoy pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On April 30, 2010, McCoy originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Sept. 7, 2009, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on April 27, 2012, alleging five violations of community supervision.

McCoy pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to twenty months in the TDCJ. McCoy is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County, $140 restitution, and a $2,000 fine.

3. Tina Renea Lawry was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of harboring a fugitive. Lawry pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Lawry, 31-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested after an investigation was conducted by Childress County by Deputy Kenneth Arant for the offense that took place on May 16, 2012. Lawry pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on July 9, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Lawry is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Childress County, $384 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Lawry violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.