8 years ago

Panhandle – On Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 27 pleas took place which resulted in one conviction and 26 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 $121,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Nov. 7, of which $15,500 was paid upfront. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $8,945.50 in court costs and $3,220 restitution.

1. Kyle Patrick Birkenfeld was convicted and placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. Birkenfeld pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on July 20, 2012 and was sentenced to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for three years.

Birkenfeld, 35-year-old resident of Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012, after being arrested by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Birkenfeld was required to pay a fine of $3,500 to Carson County upfront, $465 in court costs, complete 100 hours of community service, and be under all DWI requirements under chapter 49.

2. Vincent Carlos Marquez was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Marquez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Marquez, 28-year-old resident of La Mirada, Calif. was arrested in Carson County on July 6, 2012, by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Marquez is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $331 in court costs, and $140 restitution. If Marquez violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

3. Juan Antonio Anaya was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Anaya pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Anaya, 35-year-old resident of La Mirada, Calif. was arrested in Carson County on July 6, 2012, by Chatfield and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Anaya is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Anaya violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

4. Kent Duane Kotara was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Kotara pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Kotara, 40-year-old resident of White Deer, was arrested in Carson County on April 7, 2012, by Carson County Deputy J.C. Blackburn and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

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

5. Long Wing Le was placed on probation for a period of five years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Le pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Le, 27-year-old resident of Sacramento, Calif., was arrested in Carson County on April 14, 2012, by DPS Trooper Jerome Ingle and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Le is required to pay a $10,000 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Le violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

6. Patrick J. Heaver was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Heaver pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Heaver, 28-year-old resident of Chicago, Ill., was arrested in Carson County on June 23, 2012, by Dollar, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Heaver is required to pay a $10,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, and $140 restitution. If Heaver violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

7. Whitney Lynn Lawhon was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Lawhon pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Lawhon, 31-year-old resident of St George, Utah, was arrested in Carson County on April 18, 2012, by Chatfield, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Lawhon is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Lawhon violates probation, she could face up to 20 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

8. George Anthony Abarco was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Abarco pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Abarco, 18-year-old resident of Tulare, Calif., was arrested in Carson County on July 3, 2012, by Dollar, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Abarco is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Abarco violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

9. Travis Lee Gibson was placed on probation for a period of three years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Gibson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Gibson, 30-year-old resident of Tulsa, Okla., was arrested in Carson County on Aug. 9, 2012, by Chatfield, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Gibson is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 300 hours of community service. If Gibson violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

10. Daniel Harold Sawin was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Sawin pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Sawin, 29-year-old resident of Vinita, Okla., was arrested in Carson County on Aug. 9, 2012, by Chatfield, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Sawin is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 300 hours of community service. If Sawin violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

11. Sarina Marie Reyes was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Reyes pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on April 13, 2012, and was placed on deferred adjudication.

Reyes, 24-year-old resident of Phoenix, Ariz., was arrested by Dollar and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Reyes is required to pay a fine of $6,000 to Carson County, $140 restitution, $331 in court costs, and complete 400 hours of community service. If Reyes violates probation, she could face up to 99 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

12. Zenon Beltran-Lopez was placed on probation for a period of eight years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Beltran-Lopez pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on April 24, 2012, and was placed on deferred adjudication.

Beltran-Lopez, 30-year-old resident of Oklahoma City, Okla., was arrested by DPS Trooper Darrin Bridges and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Beltran-Lopez is required to pay a fine of $8,000 to Carson County, $140 restitution, $331 in court costs, and complete 400 hours of community service. If Beltran-Lopez violates probation, he could face up to 99 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

13. Glenn Austin was placed on probation for a period of five years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Austin pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on April 4, 2012, and was placed on deferred adjudication.

Austin, 35-year-old resident of Sun Prairie, Wis., was arrested by DPS Trooper Josh Allen and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Austin is required to pay a fine of $10,000 to Carson County, $140 restitution, $331 in court costs, and complete 400 hours of community service. If Austin violates probation, he could face up to 99 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

14. Millard Carlton Turner III was placed on probation for a period of four years for the state jail felony offense of possession of marijuana. Turner pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Turner, 25-year-old resident of Irmo, S.C. was arrested by Chatfield on Aug. 8, 2012, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Turner is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Turner violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ.

15. Tufa Jerome Iuvale was placed on probation for a period of five years for the state jail felony offense of possession of marijuana. Iuvale pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Iuvale, 34-year-old resident of Columbia, S.C., was arrested by Chatfield on Aug. 8, 2012 and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Iuvale is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Iuvale violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ.

16. James Arthur Huff was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument. Huff pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Huff, 38-year-old resident of Springfield, Ill., was arrested by Dollar on July 14, 2012 and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Huff is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, $271 in court costs, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Huff violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of TDCJ.

17. Jesus Raul Flores was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Flores pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on June 26, 2012, and was placed on deferred adjudication.

Flores, 25-year-old resident of Horn Lake, Miss., was arrested by Dollar and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Flores is required to pay a fine of $10,000 to Carson County, $140 restitution, $331 in court costs, and complete 400 hours of community service. If Flores violates probation, he could face up to 99 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.

18. Joshua Ryan Swain was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Swain pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Swain, 32-year-old resident of Soquel, Calif. was arrested by Dollar in Carson County on Sept. 5, 2012, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Oct. 2, 2012.

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

19. Jermaine Duane Boone was placed on probation for a period of five years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Boone pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Boone, 39-year-old resident of Los Angeles, Calif., was arrested in Carson County on Oct. 10, 2011, by Dollar and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on January 18, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Boone is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Boone violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

20. Garrett David Bradlyn was placed on probation for a period of two years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Bradlyn pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Bradlyn, 23-year-old resident of Morgantown, W.V., was arrested by Chatfield in Carson County on Nov. 11, 2011, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Jan. 18, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Bradlyn 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 Bradlyn violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

21. Colten Edward Wayne Tyler was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation. Tyler pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Tyler, 19-year-old resident of Panhandle, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place on Nov. 4, 2011, and was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on May 10, 2012.

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

22. William Channing Morris was placed on probation for a period of four years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Morris pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Morris, 39-year-old resident of Los Gatos, Calif. was arrested in Carson County on Aug. 29, 2012, by DPS Trooper Oscar Esqueda and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Oct. 2, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Morris is required to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County, and is also required to pay $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 200 hours of community service. If Morris violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

23. Steven Paul Lowe was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a criminal instrument. Lowe pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offenses.

Lowe, 45-year-old resident of Fairfield, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Feb. 1, 2012, by DPS Trooper Casey Dawson, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on May 22, 2012 regarding the possession of marijuana and Nov. 7, 2012 for the unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Lowe was required to pay a $8,000 fine upfront, $602 in court costs, $140 restitution, and must successfully complete 100 hours of community service.

24. Mathew Ryan Hinds was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana. Hinds pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offenses.

Hinds, 27-year-old resident of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place July 5, 2012, by DPS Trooper Chad Baize, and pleaded guilty to a complaint and information filed by the State on Oct. 18, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Hinds is required to pay a $4,000 fine upfront, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and must successfully complete 100 hours of community service.

25. Leng Khao Yang was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance and the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Yang pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offenses.

Yang, 27-year-old resident of Fresno, Calif., was arrested by on Oct. 28, 2012 and pleaded guilty to a complaint filed by the State on Nov. 7, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Yang is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $662 in court costs, $280 restitution, and complete 400 hours of community service.
If Yang violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Intuitional Division of TDCJ.