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On Thursday, Sept. 26, seven pleas took place in the 100th Judicial District Court at the Childress County Courthouse. District Attorney Luke Inman, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

- Adrian Granadoz, 30, pleaded true and was sentenced to 45 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Granadoz, from Wellington, Texas, was arrested in Childress County on Aug. 12, 2018, by Childress Police Officer Jessie Zuniga. Granadoz originally pleaded on Feb. 22, 2019, and received six years deferred adjudication when he pleaded to an information filed by the State.

“This defendant didn’t take advantage of being given a second chance on probation and committed additional felony offenses,” said Caudle. “In this district where any felony offense is taking seriously, people like this go to prison for a very long time and we are pleased to get them out of our community.”

The State filed its motion to adjudicate on June 27, 2019, alleging nine violations of community supervision. In addition to the sentence, Granadoz is also required to pay a $6,000 fine, $329 in court costs, and $180 restitution.

Granadoz, also pleaded guilty and was convicted of the third felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, methamphetamine, and sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Granadoz, was arrested in Hall County by Hall County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jared Johnson on Aug. 19. Granadoz plead to an information filed by the State on Sept. 26. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Granadoz is required to pay $381 in court costs and $180 in restitution.Due to Messer stacking the two cases, the second sentence will not begin to run until Granadoz is able to parole on the first sentence.

- Amanda Kay Swann, 39, pleaded guilty and was convicted of the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one, methamphetamine, and sentenced to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ. However, the sentence was probated for a period of three years.

Swann, from Winnsboro, Texas, was arrested in Hall County by Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Deherrera on August 22. Swann plead to an information filed by the State on Sept. 9.Pursuant to the plea agreement, Swann is required to pay a $2,500 fine to Hall County, $300 in attorney fees, $381 in court costs, $180 in restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service.

- Kayla Jean Roberts, 24, pleaded true and was sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of credit card abuse.

Roberts, from Childress, was arrested on Nov. 5, 2018 by Childress Police Officer Larry Ashurst. Roberts originally pleaded on June 13, 2019, and received three years deferred adjudication when she pleaded to an information filed on March 19, 2019. The State filed its motion to adjudicate on Sept. 11, 2019, alleging nine violations of community supervision. In addition to the sentence, Roberts is also required to pay a $2,500 fine, $471.38 restitution, and $269 in court costs.

- Andrew Manuel Douglas, 31, pleaded true and was sentenced to eight years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Douglas, from Childress, Texas, was arrested on Oct. 7, 2013 by Childress Police Sergeant Jerrald Johnson. Douglas originally pleaded on Feb. 18, 2014, and received six years deferred adjudication when he pleaded to an indictment filed on Jan. 13, 2014. The State filed its motion to adjudicate on Dec. 4, 2018, alleging 17 violations of community supervision. In addition to the sentence, Douglas is also required to pay a $2,000 fine and $390.50 in court costs. Due to the offense involving a deadly weapon, Douglas will be required to compete at least 50 percent of his sentence before becoming parole eligible.

- Benjamin Vitela, 43, pleaded not true and was sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault family violence by choking after a contested hearing.

Vitela, from Childress, was arrested on Jan. 1, 2016 by Childress Police Sergeant Matthew Bradley. Vitela originally pleaded on June 16, 2016, and received three years deferred adjudication when he pleaded to indictment filed March 22, 2016. The State filed its motion to adjudicate on May 13, 2019, alleging 13 violations of community supervision. In addition to the sentence, Vitela is also required to pay a $3,000 fine and $269 in court costs.

The State called Meghan Gribble, a 100th Judicial District Community Supervisions and Corrections Department officer, who testified that Vitela admitted to using methamphetamine while on probation.

“Our probation department does a fantastic job making sure the individuals they are supervising are following their conditions and benefitting society,” said Inman. “This probationer did not cooperate with [Meghan] Gribble and that resulted in the maximum sentence in this case.”

- Benjamin Carl Tarpein, 36, pleaded guilty and was convicted of the first degree felony offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 23 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Tarpein, from Panhandle, was arrested in Carson County by Carson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tam Terry for the offense that occurred on Oct. 22, 2015. Tarpein was later indicted by the Carson County Grand Jury on Feb. 14, 2019.

According to Inman, this trial was scheduled for a jury trial on Oct. 28.

“Trials like this are very stressful on everyone involved, especially the victim and the victim’s family,” said Caudle. “This plea today takes a child molester off the streets for over two decades.”

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Tarpein is required to pay $640 in court costs. Due to the offense being considered a 3g offense, Tarpein will be required to serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before even becoming parole eligible. (A 3G offense is a special category of felony offenses in Texas that requires a person serve at least half of their prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Additionally, a judge may not give a defendant straight probation for a 3G offense without the recommendation of a jury after a trial.)