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Childress – On Monday, March 25, 2019, eight pleas were heard in the100th Judicial District Court in the Childress County Courthouse.

District Attorney Luke Inman, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

Tory Lee Hammons pleaded true and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

Hammons, 50 from Childress, Texas, was arrested by former Childress County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Danny Gillem on Feb. 9, 2011. Hammons was later indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on March 9, 2011.
Hammons originally pleaded on June 13, 2011, and was sentenced to 10 years for the second degree felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender. However, the sentence was probated for 10 years.

The State filed its motion to revoke on Feb. 1, 2019, alleging five violations of community supervision. In addition to the sentence, Hammons is also required to pay a $5,000 fine to Childress County and $376 in court costs.

Anthony Ostroff pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one, methamphetamine.

Ostroff, 67 from Winnekta, Calif., was arrested in Carson County by Texas DPS Trooper Danny Nunez on July 4, 2016. Ostroff was later indicted by the Carson County Grand Jury on Jan. 1, 2019.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ostroff is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $400 in attorney fees, $180 in drug lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Ostroff violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Michael Shawn Moss pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for three years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two, tetrahydrocannabinol.

Moss, 34 from Batesville, Ark., was arrested in Carson County by DPS Trooper Garry Bullard on December 22, 2018. Moss pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Feb. 27, 2019.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Moss is also required to pay a fine of $2,500 to Carson County, $300 in attorney fees, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Moss violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Gabriel Caballero was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

Caballero, 31 from Bronx, N.Y., was arrested by the Childress Police Department on Feb. 27, 2018. Caballero pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Nov. 13, 2018.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Caballero was required to pay an upfront fine of $4,000 to Childress County, $329 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, $300 in attorney fees and complete 100 hours of community service. If Caballero violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Childress County Jail.

Daniel Farias-Zepeda pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the third degree felony offense of money laundering.

Farias, 38 from Los Angeles, Calif., was arrested in Childress County by former Childress Police Officer Coy Teichelman on May 1, 2018. Farias was later indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on Aug. 20, 2018.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Farias is required to pay a $500 fine, $269 in court costs, $350 in attorney’s fees, successfully complete 200 hours of community service, and pay a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee. If Farias violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.
Justin Dean Benson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the second degree felony offense of money laundering.

Benson, 28 from Cocoa Beach, Fla., was arrested in Childress County by Teichelman on June 2, 2018. Benson was later indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on Dec. 18, 2018.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Benson is required to pay a $500 fine, $269 in court costs, $400 in attorney’s fees, successfully complete 300 hours of community service, and pay a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee.
If Benson violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Charles Tyler Brown pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

Brown, 24 from Dallas, Texas, was arrested in Childress County by Texas DPS Trooper Justin Baker on May 10, 2018. Brown was later indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on Dec. 18, 2018.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Brown was required to pay a fine of $4,000 to Childress County, $329 in court costs, $180 drug lab restitution, $300 in attorney’s fees and complete 100 hours of community service. If Brown violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Carson County Jail.

Adrian Arriga pleaded true and was convicted of the state jail felony offense of possession of marijuana. Arriaga was sentenced to 16 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Arriaga, 34 from Waco, Texas, was arrested by 100th District Attorney’s Office Traffic Enforcement Officer Danny Dawson on Nov. 5, 2015. Arriaga pleaded to an information filed by the State on Jan. 13, 2016 and was placed on three years deferred adjudication.

The State filed its motion to adjudicate on Nov. 28, 2018, alleging five violations of community supervision.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Arriaga is also required to pay a $2,500 fine and $329 in court costs.