9 years ago

Panhandle – On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, nine pleas took place which resulted in four convictions and five deferred adjudications.

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 $27,750 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Feb. 11 of which $14,000 was paid upfront. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $3,059 in court costs and $1,449.60 restitution.

1. Jwyanza Ballantyne pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On March 1, 2011, Ballantyne, 29-year-old resident of New Mexico, originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Sept. 17, 2010, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on March 19, 2012, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Ballantyne pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 12 months in Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Ballantyne is also required to pay $321 in court costs to Carson County, a $1,500 fine, and $140 restitution.

2. Winston Wendell Barnes was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation. Barnes pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Barnes, 25-year-old resident of Panhandle, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Nov. 4, 2011, and was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on May 10, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Barnes is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Carson County, $271 in court costs, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Barnes violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

3. Elizabeth Nell Preston was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Preston pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Preston, 23-year-old resident of El Reno, Okla., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Sept. 28, 2011 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield. Preston was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Dec. 6, 2012 for the offense.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Preston is required to pay a $250 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $2,463 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Preston violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

4. Felix Anthony Blain was placed on probation for a period of three years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Blain pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Blain, 31-year-old resident of Raleigh, N.C., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Feb. 18, 2012 by DPS Trooper Oscar Esqueda. The State filed an information on Feb. 23, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Blain is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Blain violates probation he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

5. Weston Ross Sibole was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Sibole pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Sibole, 27-year-old resident of Clearwater Beach, Fla., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Nov. 20, 2011 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Sibole was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Sibole is required to pay a $10,000 fine to Carson County upfront, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service.

If Sibole violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

6. Krista Renee Odell was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Odell pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Dec. 13, 2012 and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Odell, 40-year-old resident of Panhandle, was arrested by White Deer Marshall Darell Luster and pleaded to an information filed by the State on Feb. 11, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Odell is required to pay a $1,500 fine, $465 in court costs to Carson County, complete 200 hours of community service, and complete all DWI community supervision requirements under Chapter 49.

7. Mary Louise Lacole Dean was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Dean pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Dean, 34-year-old resident of Red Rock, Ariz., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place July 2, 2012 by DPS Trooper Josh Allen, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State September 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Dean is required to pay a $2000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Dean violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

8. Jay Nedry was convicted for the Class A misdemeanor offense of possession of marihuana. Nedry pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Dec. 3, 2011 and was sentenced to two days in the Carson County Jail.

Nedry, 62-year-old resident of Aldie, Va., was arrested by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Nedry was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Dec. 6, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Nedry is required to pay a $4,000 fine upfront, $365 in court costs to Carson County upfront, and $140 restitution upfront.

9. Jesus N Osequeda pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Nov. 2, 2009, Osequeda, 24-year-old resident of Santa Ana, Calif., originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana that occurred on Oct. 16, 2009, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Oct. 29, 2012, alleging four violations of community supervision.

Osequeda pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to four years in the TDCJ. Osequeda is also required to pay $313 in court costs to Carson County, a $5,000 fine, and $304.80 restitution.