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Childress – On Monday, May 6, 2013, five pleas took place which resulted in four convictions and one deferred adjudication.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

A total of $3,700 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on May 6. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,908.50 in court costs and $496 restitution.

1. Mark Wesley Clevenger was convicted for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Clevenger pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Feb. 7, 2013 and was sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Clevenger, 38-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested by Childress Police Officer James Ward and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on May 6, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Clevenger is required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County and $140 restitution.

2. Melisa Ray Merrell, a 24-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to 16 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On Aug. 25, 2010, Merrell originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of forgery that occurred on Dec. 3, 2008, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on May 2, 2013, alleging nine violations of community supervision.

Merrell pleaded true to all of the violations contained in the State’s motion in an agreed plea and was sentenced to 16 months. Merrell is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County, a $2,200 fine, and $300 restitution.

3. Anthony Francisco Medrano was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Medrano pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Medrano, 18-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested by Collingsworth County Deputy Kent Riley for the offense that took place April 17, 2013 and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on May 3, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Medrano is required to pay a $1,500 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $196.00 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service.

If Medrano violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

4. Joeie Lein Romine was convicted for the third felony offense of possession with intent to provide a prohibited substance to a person confined in a correctional facility. Romine pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Aug. 15, 2010 and was sentenced to three years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Romine, 43-year-old resident of Fort Stockton was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Feb. 28, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Romine is required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County. This case was handled by Special Prosecutor Roger White.

5. Robert Nicholas Ayala was convicted for the third felony offense of criminal attempt, possession with intent to provide a prohibited substance to a person confined in a correctional facility.

Ayala pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on June 11, 2011 and was sentenced to two years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Ayala, 26-year-old was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Feb. 28, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ayala is required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County. This case was handled by Special Prosecutor Roger White.