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Panhandle – On Thursday, Oct. 8, six pleas took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in the Carson County Courthouse.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

- Edgar Armando Puente, 28, of Ariz., was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

Following his arrest on Dec. 24, 2017, Puente was initially placed on probation for ten years on Oct. 9, 2018. The State filed a motion asking the Court to revoke Puente’s probation on March 16 based upon numerous violations of probation conditions.

At the hearing on Thursday, Puente admitted to violating probation, and Messer sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

- Brian Jermell Pinson, 49 from Ohio, was placed on two years probation for the third degree felony offense of money laundering. Pinson was arrested by DPS Trooper Kendall Styles on Jan. 17, 2019.

Pinson was also ordered to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, $340 in court costs, complete 200 hours of community service, and a $500 out of state probation transfer fee. If his probation is revoked, Pinson faces up to 10 years in prison.

- Carlos Martinez, 25 from Fla., was placed on two years probation for the class a misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana. Martinez was arrested by Styles on June 16, 2019.
Martinez was also ordered to pay a $4,000 fine to Carson County upfront, $340 in court costs, complete 100 hours of community service, and a $180 lab fee. If his probation is revoked, Martinez faces up to two years in the county jail.

- Tuff Don Ivy, 18 from Pampa, Texas, was placed on five years probation for the first degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity. Ivy was arrested by Carson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Ortegon on Aug. 19.

Ivy was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine to Carson County, $340 in court costs, and complete 400 hours of community service. If his probation is revoked, Ivy faces up to 99 years or life in prison.

- Gina Louise Zelinka, 65 from Fla., was placed on two years probation for the first degree felony offense of money laundering. Zelinka was arrested in Childress County by Coy Teichelman on Jan. 27, 2019.

Zelinka was also ordered to pay a $500 fine to Childress County, $340 in court costs, 400 hours of community service, and a $500 fee to transfer her probation to Florida. If her probation is revoked, Zelinka faces up to 99 years or life in prison.

- Francisco Thomas Badillo, 27, of New Mexico, was sentenced to two years in prison for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana.

Following his arrest on Jan. 24, 2014, Badillo was initially placed on probation for three years on June 3, 2014. The State filed a motion asking the Court to revoke Badillo’s probation on July 21, 2015 based upon violations of probation conditions.

At the hearing on Thursday, Badillo admitted to violating probation, and Messer sentenced him to two years in prison.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, one plea took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in the Carson County Courthouse.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

Carissa Diane Faulkner, 34 from Benton, Ark., was sentenced to two years in prison for the second-degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Faulkner was arrested by DPS Trooper Richard Pacheco on March 7.

In addition to the prison term, Faulkner was also ordered to pay $340 in court costs and $180 in restitution.