8 years ago

Childress – On Monday, March 25, 2013, seven pleas took place which resulted in five convictions and two deferred adjudications.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Mitchell Ray Lamb, 52-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On July 19, 2010, Lamb originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of forgery that occurred on March 1, 2010, in Childress County.

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

Lamb pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to six years in the TDCJ. Lamb is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County and a $2,000 fine.

2. Shelly Renae Southerland, 32-year-old resident of Wellington, 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 Dec. 3, 2012, Southerland originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Nov. 24, 2012, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Feb. 19, 2013, alleging seven violations of community supervision.
Southerland pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division. Southerland is also required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, $140 restitution, and a $250 fine.

3. Adron Gwynn Jr., 66-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On March 24, 2010, Gwynn originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd degree or more that occurred on Oct. 15, 2009, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on Feb. 19, 2013, alleging 11 violations of community supervision.

Gwynn pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division. Gwynn is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County and a $1,000 fine.

4. Matthew Ray Darr was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Darr pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Feb. 2, 2013 and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Darr, 35-year-old resident of Tecumseh, Okla., was arrested by Childress County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Arant, assisted by Department of Public Safety Trooper Roy “Clay” Henry and pleaded to an information filed by the State on March 25, 2013.

“Deputy Arant and Trooper Henry did an excellent job in apprehending this intoxicated driver and put together an investigation that resulted in the plea today,” said Inman.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Darr is required to pay a $3,000 fine and $385.50 in court costs to Childress County.

5. Kenneth Lynn Moore was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Moore pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Aug. 18, 2012 and was
sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of ten years.

Moore, 62-year-old resident of Estelline, was arrested by Henry and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Jan. 7, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Moore is required to pay a $3,000 fine, $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, $140 restitution, complete 200 hours of community service, and complete all DWI community supervision requirements under Chapter 49 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

6. Dominique Stewart was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation. Stewart pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Stewart, 19-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested for the offense that took place Feb. 15, 2012, and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on May 7, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Stewart is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Childress County and $385.50 in court costs. If Stewart violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

7. Tanner Arcadio Zuniga was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of criminal mischief. Zuniga pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Zuniga, 17-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested for the offense that took place March 10, 2013, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State March 25, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Zuniga is required to pay a $250 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $12,469.06 restitution, and successfully complete a substance abuse rehabilitation program. If Zuniga violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.