1 year ago

Childress– On Thursday, April 7, 2016, four pleas took place and one contested hearing in Childress County, Texas.

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.

1. Joshua Ray Brown-Brannon, 29, from Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 18 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On June 18, 2015, Brown-Brannon originally pleaded to the charges from the June 6, 2015 offense in Childress County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Oct. 14, 2015, alleging 10 violations of community supervision.

Brown-Brannon is also required to pay $329 in court costs to Childress County, $180 restitution, and a $2,000 fine.

2. William David Wittmann II, 20, from Childress, pleaded not true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault against a family member.

On Dec. 22, 2015, Wittmann originally pleaded to the charges from the Dec. 1, 2015 offense in Childress County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on March 8, 2016, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

The State called multiple witnesses on Thursday, including probation officers and victims of assaults by Wittmann. The court found that Wittmann committed the criminal offense of assault and violation of a protective order just 23 days after he was placed on felony probation.

Wittmann is also required to pay $249 in court costs to Childress County and a $1,000 fine.

3. Eric Daniel Bennett, 24, from Memphis, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault family violence by choking.

On Oct. 1, 2015, Bennett originally pleaded to the charges from the May 29, 2015 offense in Hall County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on March 7, 2016, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Bennett is also required to pay $381 in court costs to Hall County.

4. Bennett also pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On Oct. 1, 2015, Bennett originally pleaded to the charges from the July 27, 2015 offense in Hall County. The State filed the motion to adjudicate on March 7, 2016, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Bennett is also required to pay $381 in court costs to Hall County, a $1,000 fine, and $180 restitution.