Panhandle – On Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 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 $3,750 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Oct. 22. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $823 in court costs and $3,500 in restitution.
1. Earl Wayne Murphy, a 61-year-old resident of Amarillo, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to eight months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.
On March 19, 2012, Murphy originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of theft that occurred on Aug. 5, 2009, in Carson County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Jan. 31, 2013, alleging six violations of community supervision.
Murphy pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to eight months. Murphy is also required to pay $271 in court costs to Carson County and $3,500 restitution.
2. Travis William Lay was convicted and sentenced to 90 days in the Carson County for class A misdemeanor offense of theft.
Lay, 28-year-old resident of Stinnett, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Dec. 10, 2012 by JC Blackburn, and was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 7, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Lay is required to pay $276 in court costs.
3. Bert Hill was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument. Hill pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.
Hill, 66-year-old resident of Center Line, Mich., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Feb. 19, 2012 by DPS Trooper Danny Nunez. Hill was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 26, 2012.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Hill is required to pay a $250 fine to Carson County and $276 in court costs. If Hill violates probation, he could face up to 180 days in the Carson County Jail.