9 years ago

Clarendon– On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, one contested hearing took place in Donley County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

Sonye Shields, pleaded not true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 20 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance after a contested revocation hearing.

On June 1, 2015, Shields, 53, from Clarendon, originally pleaded to the charges from the Feb. 20, 2015 offense in Donley County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Aug. 24, 2015, alleging five violations of community supervision.

The State called multiple witnesses during the contested hearing. First, Meghan Gribble with the 100th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department testified that Shields was on felony probation for the second degree felony offense.

Next, three Amarillo Police Department officers were called to testify regarding a burglary of a building investigation they conducted. Aaron Fulcher, Jake Dempsey and Johnny Hoggatt all testified that Shields was in possession of contraband, under the influence of methamphetamine and confessed to burglarizing the Southwest Honda store in Amarillo as well as tampered with evidence.

Donley County Deputy Oddie Smith also testified that Shields was the subject of a theft investigation in Donley County from the CEFCO store.

After all the evidence was presented, Messer sentenced Shields to the maximum allowable by law, which was 20 years.

Shields is also required to pay $458 in court costs to Donley County.