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On Tuesday, Dec. 10, ten pleas took place at the Carson County Courthouse. Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

- Stephanie Michelle Rucker, 36, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

Rucker, from Hot Springs, Ark., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Garry Bullard on March 2. Rucker pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 9. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rucker is also required to pay a fine of $3,000 upfront to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Rucker violates probation, she could face up to one year in the Carson County Jail.

- Jeffery Don Rucker, 47, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

Rucker, from Hot Springs, Ark., was arrested in Carson County by Bullard on March 2. Rucker pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 10. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rucker is also required to pay an upfront fine of $2,500 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Rucker violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Carson County Jail.

- Paris Lamont Powell, 23, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for four years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two, tetrahydrocannabinol.

Powell, from Kansas City, Mo., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Kendall Styles on June 3, 2018. Powell pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Jan. 10. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Powell is also required to pay a fine of $8,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Powell violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

- Scott Thomas Wreden, 57, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for five years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana.

Wreden, from Kellseyville, Calif., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Robert Bowden on February 21. Wreden pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Oct. 28. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Wreden is also required to pay a fine of $5,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $400 attorney’s fee, $180 in drug lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Wreden violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

- Logan Chandler Morris, 25, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two, tetrahydrocannabinol.

Morris, from Grovetown, Ga., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Alexandrea Moroles on April 21. Morris pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on July 9. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Morris is also required to pay a fine of $500 to Carson County, $300 in attorney fees, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Morris violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

- Jorge Alberto Casillas-Flores, 27, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two, tetrahydrocannabinol.

Casillas, from Indio, Calif., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Richard Pacheco on Nov. 10, 2017. Casillas was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 19. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Casillas is also required to pay a fine of $500 to Carson County, $300 in attorney fees, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee, $1,521 in jail restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Casillas violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

- Tracey Ann Young, 57, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the state jail felony offense of money laundering.

Young, from Las Vegas, was arrested in Carson County by Moroles on July 7. Young was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Nov. 7. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Young is also required to pay a fine of $500 to Carson County, $276 in court costs, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Young violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

- Cody Christopher Rankin, 27, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the state jail felony offense of Endangering a Child.

Rankin, from Panhandle, was arrested by the Panhandle Police Department for the offense that took place on Nov. 2, 2016. Rankin was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on June 27. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rankin is also required to pay a fine of $500 to Carson County, $271 in court costs, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Rankin violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

- Bryan Davis Hill, 44, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one, methamphetamine.

Hill, from Amarillo, was arrested by Carson County Sheriff’s Deputy J.C. Blackburn on Aug. 4. Hill pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Oct. 28.Pursuant to the plea agreement, Hill is also required to pay a fine of $500 to Carson County, $300 in attorney fees, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Hill violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

- Michael Wayne Avitia Jr, pleaded guilty and was convicted and sentenced for 16 days in the Carson County Jail for the State Jail felony 12.44 (a) offense of money laundering.

Avitia, was arrested in Carson County by Moroles on Nov. 25. Avitia pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Dec. 10. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Avitia was required to pay $310 in court costs.
On Monday, Dec. 16, three pleas took place in the 100th Judicial District Courtroom at the Carson County Courthouse. Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

- Benjamin Ellis Breckenridge pleaded true and was convicted for the state jail felony offense of endangering a child. Breckenridge was sentenced to 22 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Breckenridge, 49, from Panhandle, was arrested by Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand on Nov. 28, 2018. Breckenridge pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 19. The state filed its motion to adjudicate on Dec. 6, alleging seven violations of community supervision. Breckenridge pleaded true to the allegations. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Breckenridge is also required to pay a $500 fine and $271 in court costs.

In a separate case, Breckenridge pleaded true and was convicted for another state jail felony offense of endangering a child. Breckenridge was sentenced to another 22 months in the State Jail Division.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Breckenridge is also required to pay $271 in court costs. Significantly, Messer ordered that Breckenridge’s state jail prison terms run consecutively, meaning that Breckenridge must serve his first 22 month state jail sentence before the second sentence begins to run.

“Multiple probations allow wrongdoers ample opportunity to get on the right path,” said Inman. “If these probationers fail to correct their ways, they can be sentenced to multiple convictions that are stacked, which removes them from our communities for longer periods of times.”

Therefore, Breckenridge will serve approximately 44 months before being released.

- Angelica Mendoza pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the state jail felony offense of money laundering.

Mendoza, 18, from Phoenix, was arrested by Trooper Moroles on November 25. Mendoza pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Dec. 10. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Mendoza is also required to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, $276 in court costs, a $500 probation transfer fee and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Mendoza violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.