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Childress – On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, nine pleas took place 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.

A total of $28,250 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Dec. 11. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $3,316.50 in court costs and $1,640 in restitution.

1. Jeffery Wayne Ellifritz was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Ellifritz pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Ellifritz, 23-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Sept. 18, 2013 by Collingsworth County Chief Deputy Kent Riley. Ellifritz pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 21, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ellifritz is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Ellifritz violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

2. Shayne Aric Spindler, a 27-year-old resident of Houston, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to seven years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On Oct. 1, 2012, Spindler originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of money laundering that occurred on May 23, 2012, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on May 30, 2013, alleging nine violations of community supervision.

Spindler pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to seven years. Spindler is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County and a $4,000 fine.

3. Ronnie Parker Cooley was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Cooley pleaded guilty and was convicted to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ; but, the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Cooley, 58-year-old resident of Sacramento, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place March 9, 2013 by DPS Trooper Jimmy Chatfield. Cooley pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on June 14, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Cooley is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $365 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service.

4. Sharmaine Cooley was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Cooley pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Cooley, 54-year-old resident of Sacramento, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place March 9, 2013 by Chatfield. Cooley pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on June 14, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Cooley is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Carson County, $331 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Cooley violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

5. Miguel Danilo Morazan was placed on probation for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Morazan pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Morazan, 36-year-old resident of El Paso, was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place July 17, 2013 by DPS Trooper Ben Dollar, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Oct. 8, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Morazan is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Morazan violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

6. Dacen Dakota Prentice was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the third degree felony offense of injury to a child. Prentice pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Prentice, 19-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Aug. 3, 2013 by Childress Police OfficerChad Ware. Prentice pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 21, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Prentice is required to pay a $5,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Prentice violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

7. Zyan Teighbron Coyle, a 19-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On April 20, 2012, Coyle originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of graffiti that occurred on April 20, 2012, in Childress County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 25, 2013, alleging three violations of community supervision.

Coyle pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 20 months. Coyle is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County, $800 restitution, and $250 fine.

8. Channing Joseph Bartley was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Bartley pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Bartley was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Dec. 7, 2013 by Childress K-9 Officer Coy Teichelman. Bartley pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Bartley is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service.
If Bartley violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

9. Jerome Pius Smonich was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Smonich pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Smonich was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Dec. 7, 2013 by Teichelman. Smonich pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Smonich is required to pay a $3,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service.
If Smonich violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.