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Panhandle, Carson County, Texas August 27, 2012

Panhandle – On Monday, Aug, 27, 2012, 18 pleas took place which resulted in 11 convictions and seven deferred adjudications.
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 $32,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Aug. 27 of which $3,000 was paid upfront to Carson County. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $6,086 in court costs and $3,040 restitution.

1. Ismael Jesse Casanova was convicted of the second degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Casanova was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Casanova, 36-year-old resident of Woodard, Okla., pleaded guilty to the offense that took place Aug.21, 2011 in Carson County after being arrested by Carson County Deputy J.C. Blackburn. Casanova was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on May 10, 2012 for the enhanced first degree felony offense.

“Deputy Blackburn put together an excellent DWI investigation on a Defendant who has repeatedly committed DWI offenses,” said Inman. “J.C.’s hard work enabled us to reach this excellent guilty plea today.”

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Casanova was required to pay $465 in court costs.

2. Robert Glen Baldwin was convicted of two counts of the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Baldwin was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ on both charges.

Baldwin, 52-year-old resident of Lawndale, N.C. pleaded guilty to the offense that took place Oct. 25, 2011 in Carson County after being arrested by Department of Public Safety Sergeant Oscar Esqueda. Baldwin was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Baldwin was required to pay $730 in court costs and $140 restitution.

3. Steven Joseph Baca was convicted of two counts of the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Baca was convicted and sentenced to eight years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ on both charges.

Baca, 43-year-old resident of Phoenix, Ariz. pleaded guilty to the offense that took place Feb. 7, 2012 in Carson County after being arrested by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar.
Baca pleaded guilty to a complaint filed by the State on May 22, 2012.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Baca was required to pay $730 in court costs, a $2,500 fine, and $280 restitution.

4. Michael John Ray was convicted of the third degree felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender. Ray was convicted and sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Ray, 32-year-old resident of Skellytown, pleaded guilty to the offense that took place April 11, 2012 in Carson County. Ray was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 26, 2012 after Carson County Captain Connie Ogle investigated the offense.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ray was required to pay $295 in court costs and a $1,000 fine.

5. Omar A Santamaria, a 24-year-old resident of Anaheim, Calif., pleaded true to the allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt of Defendant and was convicted and sentenced to three years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On Nov. 2, 2009, Santamaria, pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana that occurred on Oct. 16, 2009, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 23, 2011, alleging nine violations of community supervision.

Santamaria is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, $140 restitution, and $313 in court costs.

6. Travis Aaron Parkin, a 30-year-old resident of Pampa, pleaded true to the allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt of Defendant and was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Oct. 17, 2011, Parkin, pleaded guilty to the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Sept. 21, 2010, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Feb. 8, 2012, alleging 11 violations of community supervision.
Parkin is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Carson County, $140 restitution, and $296 in court costs.

7. William James Rivers was placed on probation for a period of five years for the third degree felony offense of criminal conspiracy possession of marihuana. Rivers pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rivers, 33-year-old resident of Sunset, S.C. was arrested in Carson County on Nov. 20, 2011, by Dollar and was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rivers is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $271 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service.

If Rivers violates probation, he could face up to ten years in TDCJ. The State dismissed the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.

8. Lisa Emily Nunan was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Nunan pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Nunan, 39-year-old resident of Southaven, Miss. was arrested in Carson County on May 1, 2012, by DPS Trooper Darrin Bridges and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Aug. 24, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Nunan is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Nunan violates probation, she could face up to ten years in TDCJ.

9. Tam Minh Nguyen was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Nguyen pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Nguyen, 31-year-old resident of San Jose, Calif. was arrested in Carson County on Dec. 28, 2011, by Dollar and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Jan. 19, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Nguyen is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Nguyen violates probation, he could face up to ten years in TDCJ.

10. Tuan Quoc Ha was placed on probation for a period of two years for the third degree felony offense of money laundering. Ha pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ha, 32-year-old resident of Westminster, Colo. was arrested in Carson County on Sept. 22, 2011, by DPS Trooper Casey Dawson and was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ha is required to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $271 in court costs, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Ha violates probation, he could face up to ten years in TDCJ.

11. Jose Samuel Trejo was convicted and placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more.

Trejo pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Feb. 26, 2012 and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for three years.

Trejo, 26-year-old resident of Perryton, was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on May 10, 2012 after being arrested by Panhandle Assistant Chief Taner Blackburn.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Trejo is required to pay a fine of $4,000 to Carson County, of which $3,000 was paid upfront, $465 in court costs, complete 200 hours of community service, and all DWI requirements under Chapter 49.

12. August Robert Ayala was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of money laundering. Ayala pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ayala, 65-year-old resident of Paso Robles, Calif. was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Feb. 10, 2012, by DPS Trooper Danny Nunez, and was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on May 10, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ayala is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $271 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 300 hours of community service. If Ayala violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ.

13. Lorne Cliff Moffitt was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of theft. Moffitt pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Moffitt, 44-year-old resident of Fritch was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 5, 2010, and was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 28, 2010.

“Captain Ogle conducted an excellent investigation in numerous copper theft cases across the county,” said Inman. “This case was one of many that have had successful resolutions due to Connie’s hard work and experience in theft investigations.”

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Moffitt is required to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, $271 in court costs, $1,500 restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Moffitt violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ.

14. Christopher Jeremy Russell was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of assault. Russell pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Russell, 33-year-old resident of Seiling, Okla. was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place July 4, 2011, by Carson County Deputy Chris Richardson, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Aug. 23, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Russell is required to pay a $4,000 fine, $316 in court costs, and must successfully complete 100 hours of community service, along with anger management.

15. Chantry Lil Chadwick was convicted and placed on probation for a period of five years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance and the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

Chadwick pleaded guilty to both offenses that took place on Jan. 22, 2011 and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for five years and two years in the State Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for five years.

Chadwick, 21-year-old resident of Phoenix, Ariz., was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 1, 2012 after being arrested by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Chadwick is required to pay a fine of $1,000 to Carson County, $730 in court costs, $280 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service.