7 years ago

Memphis – On Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, five pleas took place in Hall County, Texas.

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.

A total of $6,500 in fines were assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Jan. 16. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,889 in court costs and $464.24 in restitution.

1. Delfino Fidel Escalante, a 31-year-old resident of Memphis, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On June 24, 2013, Escalante originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of marihuana in a drug free zone that occurred on March 13, 2013, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Nov. 19, 2013, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Escalante pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 20 months. Escalante is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County and a $1,000 fine.

2. Victor Martinez, a 20-year-old resident of Memphis, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On Aug. 19, 2011, Martinez originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of credit card abuse that occurred on March 11, 2011, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Sept. 13, 2013, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Martinez pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 14 months. Martinez is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, a $2,500 fine, and $184.24 restitution.

3. Martinez was also sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of deadly conduct that occurred in Hall County on June 9, 2013 after being arrested by Hall County Deputy James Palmitier. Martinez pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State on Jan. 16, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Martinez is required to pay $376 in court costs.

4. Joshua Ray Brown-Brannon, a 27-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On Dec. 3, 2012, Brown originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Oct. 5, 2012, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Jan. 13, 2014, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Brown pleaded true to the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 14 months. Brown-Brannon is also required to pay $385 in court costs to Childress County, a $1,500 fine, and $140 in restitution.

5. Lee Adam De La Cruz, a 29-year-old resident of Memphis, pleaded not true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate. The court then held a contested adjudication hearing and De La Cruz was convicted and sentenced to 24 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On April 1, 2013, De La Cruz originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Feb. 26, 2013, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Oct. 31, 2013, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

De La Cruz pleaded not true to the violations contained in the State’s motion.

The State then called numerous witnesses during the adjudication hearing. One of the testifying witnesses was the ex-girlfriend of De La Cruz who testified she had been assaulted numerous times while De La Cruz was on felony probation.

De La Cruz was sentenced to the maximum punishment allowed, which was 24 months. DeLaCruz is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, a $1,500 fine, and $140 restitution.