On Monday, May 13, one plea took place at the Carson County Courthouse.
Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
Ryan Storm Gutierrez, 26, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for a period of ten years for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana.
Gutierrez, from Modesto, Calif., was arrested in Childress County by DPS Trooper Colby Lomax on April 8, 2018. Gutierrez was indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on Jan. 16.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Gutierrez is required to pay an upfront $10,000 fine to Childress County, $180 in lab fees, $336 in court costs, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Gutierrez violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department Criminal Justice.
“The fines go directly to the County which helps defray the costs associated with felony cases across the district,” said Inman. “We do this on a number of cases every time we are in court to help out the taxpayers across the district.”