10 years ago

Clarendon – On Thursday, May 29, 2014, two pleas were heard in Donley County, Texas which resulted in one conviction and sentence to the penitentiary and another individual on deferred adjudication.

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. Richard Harrison Leger was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated third or more.

Leger, 32-year-old resident of Pampa, was arrested after the State filed its Motion to Revoke on April 9, 2014. The State alleged six allegations, which Leger pleaded not true.

A contested hearing was held where the State called Mark White, a community supervision officer with the 100th Judicial Community Supervisions and Corrections Department. The State called another witness, Officer Kequan Joshua with the Watonga, Okla. Police Department, which testified he arrested Leger for DWI on Feb. 4, 2014.

White categorized Leger’s compliance with community supervision as “poor” in 2013 after he had successfully complied with all requirements of probation up until that point.

Leger was originally indicted by a Donley County Grand Jury on October 5, 2010 for the offense that occurred on May 29, 2010. Leger pleaded guilty to the offense on June 6, 2011.

Joshua testified that Leger said he had drank 48 ounces of bud light before being arrested on the early morning of Feb. 4 for another DWI offense.

After the contested hearing, Leger was sentenced to the maximum allowable by law of ten years to do on the underlying third degree felony offense.
Leger is also required to pay $558 in court costs, $140 and a $3,000.00 fine.

2. Faith Marie Heckathorn was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of credit card abuse. Heckathorn pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Heckathorn, 19-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place March 13, 2013 by Memphis Police Officer Deanna Jolly. Heckathorn was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury on Aug. 6, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Heckathorn is required to pay a $500 fine to Hall County, $381 in court costs, and $235.64 restitution. If Heckathorn violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.