On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, one hearing was heard in the 100th Judicial District Court in Wellington.
District Attorney Luke Inman, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
1. Francisco Ramirez, III pleaded guilty to a superseding indictment for the state jail felony of theft and was convicted and sentenced to 21 months in a State Jail Facility of Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
Ramirez’s jury trial began Tuesday morning, with the State’s voir dire given by Caudle. Shortly after the State’s voir dire concluded, Messer called for a 30-minute recess. During that time, a plea agreement was reached and the plea took place
Ramirez, 42 from Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County by Deputy Jeff Arnold for the offense that took place on Sept. 29, 2017. Ramirez, a convicted felon and not eligible for probation, stole items from Brent Martin, the owner of OK Tire.
“Being a thief is bad enough,” said Caudle. “But when you steal someone’s tools potentially taking away someone’s livelihood, you are one of the worst criminals we have to deal with.”
The 21-month sentence was just three months shy of the maximum punishment Ramirez could face, which is 24 months for a state jail felony.
Ramirez was originally indicted for burglary of a building by the Collingsworth Grand Jury on Dec. 15, 2017. The State represented Ramirez’s case to the grand jury on April 5, 2018, resulting in an indictment for theft, over $2,500 but less than $30,000.
Pursuant to the plea, Ramirez is also required to pay $376 in court costs.