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On Friday, Oct. 25, one contested hearing and five pleas took place in the 100th Judicial District Courtroom at the Childress County Courthouse. Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

- William Anthony Sharp, 39, was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for the second degree felony offense of assault family violence by choking, enhanced.

Sharp, from Childress, Texas, was arrested by Childress Police Chief Shade Miller on March 22, 2018.
Sharp was originally placed on community supervision on Jan. 4, when he was placed on five years of deferred adjudication.

The State filed its motion to adjudicate on Aug. 7, alleging six violations of community supervision. Sharp pleaded not true to the allegations contained in the motion to adjudicate.

The State called two witnesses during its case in chief, Becky Fuller and Meghan Gribble. Fuller, the Director of the 100th Judicial District Probation Department, testified to the conditions of probation Sharp was ordered to comply with when he was originally placed on probation. Gribble, the 100th Judicial District probation officer who supervised Sharp during his time on community supervision, testified to Sharp’s lack of compliance with the conditions of community supervision.

“When someone like this probationer shows little to no interest in complying with the conditions of probation and actually benefitting society, they usually will get the maximum sentence like Sharp did today,” said Inman.

“There is a right way and a wrong way to go about a probationer’s approach to living on probation and this probationer chose the latter.”

After hearing the evidence, Messer found by the required burden of proof that Sharp had violated his community supervision, fully and finally convicted him of the felony offense of assault family violence by choking, enhanced, and sentenced him to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the maximum allowable by law. Sharp is also required to pay a $5,000 fine to Childress County and $269 in court costs.

- Bryan Mitchell Villareal, 28, pleaded guilty, was convicted and sentenced to 180 days in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of burglary of a building.

Villareal, from Universal City, Texas, was arrested by Childress Police Officer Jessie Zuniga for the offense that occurred on Aug. 22, 2018. Villareal pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 19. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Villareal is also required to pay $1,150.24 in restitution and $269 in court costs.

In a separate case, Villareal pleaded guilty, was convicted and sentenced to 180 days in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Villareal, was arrested by Zuniga for the offense that occurred on Aug. 22, 2018. Villareal pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on March 19. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Villareal is also required to pay $4,000 in restitution and $269 in court costs.

- Michael Marc McCarthy, 42, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for five years for the third degree felony offense of evading arrest in a motor vehicle.

McCarthy, from Glenwood Springs, Colo., was arrested in Childress by Zuniga on August 18. McCarthy was later indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on October 22. Pursuant to the plea agreement, McCarthy is required to pay a $500 fine to Childress County, $350 in attorney fees, $269 in court costs, a $500 probation transfer fee and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If McCarthy violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

- Angela Lee McClendon, 43, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for three years for the state jail felony fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

McClendon, from Childress, Texas, was arrested in Hall County by Estelline Police Officer Todd Gambol on June 16. McClendon was later indicted by the Hall County Grand Jury on Sept. 10. Pursuant to the plea agreement, McClendon is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Hall County, $300 in attorney fees, $381 in court costs and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If McClendon violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

- Francisco Ivan Marrufo pleaded true and was convicted of the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one, methamphetamine. Marrufo was sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Marrufo, 33, from Platteville, Colo., was arrested by Childress Police Officer Todd Gambol on Nov. 19, 2016. Marrufo pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Feb. 15, 2017.The state filed its motion to adjudicate on Nov. 28, 2018, alleging ten violations of community supervision. Marrufo pleaded true to the allegations. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Marrufo is also required to pay a $500 fine, $329 in court costs and $180 in restitution.