7 years ago

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, one contested hearing and two pleas took place in Carson County, Texas.

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 $20,000 in fines were assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Jan. 14. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,332 in court costs and $420 in restitution.

1. Michael Allen Chamberlain, a 19-year-old resident of Panhandle, pleaded not true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Sept. 27, 2013, Chamberlain originally pleaded guilty to the second degree felony offense of indecency with a child that occurred on March 14, 2013, in Carson County.

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

Chamberlain pleaded not true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and a contested hearing was held.

Four witnesses were called by the State, Marci Mills and Mark White with the 100th Judicial District Community Supervisions and Corrections Department, and Taner Blackburn and Drew Brassfield with the City of Panhandle Police Department.

According to court documents and trial exhibits, Chamberlain was not to be within 300 feet of the victim, nor was he to be at any school functions or activities where children under the age of 17 commonly gather.

On Oct. 25, 2013, Chamberlain attended the Panhandle football game and sat in the student section, two rows away from the victim.

“It was well understood by the probationer that he could not be around children, especially the child victim in this case,” said Inman. “The probationer did not take his conditions of community supervision seriously, on a very dangerous case, and that’s why he was sentenced to the maximum punishment this afternoon.”

On Oct. 26, 2013, Chamberlain was arrested by Brassfield and Blackburn after violating the protective order that was put in place when he originally pleaded guilty. After the testimony and evidence was presented by the State, the court found all allegations in the State’s motion had been violated by a preponderance of the evidence.

During the punishment phase, White testified that Chamberlain “lacked total disregard for the court’s instruction and order.”

Both Brassfield and Blackburn stated that Chamberlain should not remain on probation for the indecency offense due to his actions only one month after he pleaded guilty to the second degree felony offense.

After all the evidence was provided, the court sentenced Chamberlain to 20 years, the maximum allowable by law. Chamberlain is also required to pay $665 in court costs to Carson County.

2. Shea Philip Jones, a 23-year-old resident of Phoenix, Ariz., pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On Feb. 20, 2013, Jones originally pleaded guilty to the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Jan. 26, 2013, in Carson County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Oct. 21, 2013, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Jones pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 25 years. Jones is also required to pay $331 in court costs to Carson County, a $10,000 fine, and $280 in restitution.

3. Esmeralda Farias was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Farias pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for a period of ten years.

Farias, 47-year-old resident of Oklahoma City, Okla., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place March 3, 2013 by DPS Trooper Danny Nunez. Farias pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Oct. 9, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Farias is required to pay a $10,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 400 hours of community service. If Farias violates her probation, she could face up to 99 years or life in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.