Panhandle – On Monday, Oct. 7, four 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.
-Clay Anthony Nieshe, 26, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for the third degree felony offense of deadly weapon in penal facility.
Nieshe, from Fritch, Texas, was arrested in Carson County on Aug. 4, by Carson County Chief Deputy Tam Terry. Nieshe was later indicted by the Carson County Grand Jury on Aug. 12.
In addition to the sentence, Nieshe is also required to pay a total of $620 in court costs. Nieshe also pleaded guilty to a third degree felony of retaliation and also received four years to run concurrently with the other felony. Nieshe was arrested for this offense on June 22, 2019 by Terry and indicted on Aug. 12.
-Charles John Ascarino, 39, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the third degree felony offense of money laundering.
Ascarino, from Lexington, S.C., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Max Honesto on July 9, 2018. Ascarino was later indicted by the Carson County Grand Jury on Jan. 7, 2019. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ascarino 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 200 hours of community service. If Ascarinor violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.
- Roger Alan Hamilton, 52, 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. Hamilton, from Norman, Okla., was arrested by DPS Trooper Garry Bullard on Sept. 3, 2018.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Feb. 13. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Hamilton was also required to pay an upfront fine of $2,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Lewis violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.