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On Wednesday, April 3, one probation plea and 10 probation revocation hearings took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in Childress County.

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 Dale Rabe Jr., presiding.

Elijah Thomas Booth, 19 of Memphis, Texas, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of robbery.

Booth was originally placed on probation for the offense on Dec. 14, 2023. On Feb. 28, the State filed its motion requesting the Court to revoke Booth’s probation, alleging three violations of his conditions of probation.
Booth was also ordered to pay a $8,000 fine and $340 court costs.

Jackson Zen Sexton, 19 of Memphis, Texas, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Sexton was originally placed on probation for the offense on Sept. 21, 2023. On March 11, the State filed its motion requesting the Court to revoke Sexton’s probation, alleging five violations of his conditions of probation.

Sexton was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $295 court costs.

Austin Lynn Watts, 20 of Memphis, Texas, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Watts was originally placed on probation for the offense on Sept. 18, 2023. On Feb. 28, the State filed its motion requesting the Court to revoke Watts’ probation, alleging six violations of his conditions of probation.

Watts was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $295 court costs.

Javier Delgado, 31 of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

Delgado was originally placed on probation for the offense on Dec. 15, 2022.

On Dec. 14, 2023, the State filed its motion requesting the Court to revoke Delgado’s probation, alleging twelve violations of his conditions of probation.
Delgado was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $180 in restitution.

Adin Creed Sanders, 23 of Childress, Texas, pleaded in three different cases, all occurring in Childress County.

On Oct. 20, 2022, Sanders was originally placed on probation for two separate counts of possession of a controlled substance, both state jail felonies. The State filed its motions requesting the court to revoke both of Sanders’ probations on Sept. 14, 2023, alleging two violations of probation conditions.

Rabe ordered that the 21-month sentences will run consecutively, meaning that Sanders must serve a total of 42 months in prison.
Under Texas law, Sanders will not be eligible for parole in either case.

Rabe also ordered a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution in the first case, and $180 restitution in the second case.

One of Sanders’ probation violations was a new arrest for the third degree felony offense of tampering with physical evidence, which occurred on Sept. 28, 2023. In that case, Sanders was arrested by Childress Police Officer Brandon Young.

Sanders pleaded guilty to the tampering charge, and Rabe sentenced him to two years in prison and $340 in court costs.

Esteban Gutierrez, 33 of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the state jail felony of possession of a controlled substance.

Gutierrez was originally placed on probation for the offense on Jan. 20, 2021. On Jan. 20, 2022, the State filed its motion requesting the Court to revoke Delgado’s probation, alleging ten violations of his conditions of probation.
Gutierrez was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and $180 restitution.

Lea Alexandrea Merla, 23 of Childress, Texas, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Merla was originally placed on probation on Oct. 19, 2023. The State filed its motion requesting the State to revoke Merla’s probation on March 11, alleging six violations of probation conditions.

Merla was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, $180 restitution, and $340 court costs.

Caylon Hunter Hinsley, 27 of Childress, Texas, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

Hinsley was originally placed on probation on Sept. 21, 2023. The State filed its motion requesting the Court to revoke his probation on Dec. 14, 2023, alleging three violations of his conditions of probation.

Hinsley was also ordered to pay a $500 fine, $340 court costs, and $180 restitution.

Alexis Jovan Bowen, 31 of Lawton, Okla., was placed on probation for three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance, tetrahydrocannabinol.

Bowen was arrested by Childress Police Officer Jessie Zuniga on Sept. 9, 2020. Bowen pleaded to an Information filed by the State on Feb. 11, 2021.

Bowen was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, $180 restitution, and a $500 out of state transfer fee. He must also complete 100 community service hours. If Bowen violates the terms of his probation, he faces up to two years in prison.