8 years ago

Panhandle – On Monday, March 17, 2014, seven pleas took place in Carson County, Texas.

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 $21,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on March 17. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $2,281 in court costs and $3,659.87 in restitution.

1. Edwin Rohney Mowrer, a 39-year-old resident of Manheim, Pa., 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 Nov. 9, 2011, Mowrer originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of marihuana that occurred on June 29, 2011, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on May 28, 2013, alleging five violations of community supervision.

Mowrer is also required to pay $296 in court costs to Carson County, a $2,500 fine, and $140 restitution.

2. Lorne Cliff Moffitt, a 46-year-old resident of Fritch, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Aug. 27, 2012, Moffitt originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of theft that occurred on April 5, 2010, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on August 6, 2013, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Moffitt is also required to pay $271 in court costs to Carson County, a $500 fine, and $1,500 restitution.

3. Regina Ralston was placed on probation for a period of five years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Ralston pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ralston, 44-year-old resident of Luttrell, Tenn., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 17, 2013 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield and pleaded to an information filed by the State on July 1, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ralston was required to pay a fine of $5,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 400 hours of community service.
If Ralston violates probation, she could face up to 99 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

4. Nichole Leilani Ralston was placed on probation for a period of five years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Ralston pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ralston, 22-year-old resident of Seaside, Ore., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place April 17, 2013 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield and pleaded to an information filed by the State on July 1, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ralston was required to pay a fine of $5,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, $1,119.87 transport cost, and successfully complete 400 hours of community service. If Ralston violates probation, she could face up to 99 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

5. Tri Thoi Nguyen was convicted for the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Nguyen was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ; but, the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Nguyen, 38-year-old resident of San Francisco, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Dec. 28, 2011 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar. Nguyen was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Jan. 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Nguyen is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $370 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Nguyen violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

6. Jeremy Jonathan Orellana was placed on probation for a period of three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of marihuana. Orellana pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Orellana, 25-year-old resident of Riverview, Fla., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place May 2, 2013 by DPS Trooper Danny Nunez and pleaded to an information filed by the State on Oct. 8, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Orellana was required to pay a fine of $2,500 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Orellana violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

7. James Rodriguez was placed on probation for the third degree felony offense of possession of marihuana. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rodriguez, 21-year-old resident of Bloomington, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place June 4, 2013 by DPS Trooper Wally Garza. Rodriguez was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 6, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rodriguez is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Rodriguez violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.