Wellington – On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, two pleas took place which resulted in deferred adjudications.
Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
1. Lonnie Hugh Needham III was placed on probation for a period of five years for the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Needham pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.
Needham, 39-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place June 15, 2013 by Collingsworth County Deputy James Ward. Needham pleaded guilty after being indicted by a Collingsworth Grand Jury on Nov. 15, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Needham is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, and complete 300 hours of community service. If Needham violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
There was a deadly weapon finding made by the Court, which would require Needham to be incarcerated for at least 50 per cent of his sentence if adjudicated.
2. Tye Nathan Ticer was placed on probation for a period of six years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that was enhanced to a second degree felony. Ticer pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.
Ticer, 42-year-old resident of Lubbock, was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Oct. 2, 2013 by Childress County Deputy Kenneth Arant. Ticer pleaded guilty to a complaint filed by the State on November 21, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Ticer is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and complete 300 hours of community service. If Ticer violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.