Memphis – On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, three pleas took place which resulted in one deferred adjudication and two convictions.
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. Lee Adam De La Cruz was convicted and sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of continuous violence against family.
On Thursday, Jan. 16, the victim to the continuous assault family violence testified to the ongoing abusive relationship between her and De La Cruz.
“Our victim was very fortunate to not be seriously injured during the ongoing abuse by this perpetrator,” said Inman. “Once notified of the assaults, the Memphis police department conducted a prompt investigation that protected this victim from her assailant from any other serious assaults.”
De La Cruz was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place Oct. 8, 2013 by Memphis Police Officer Graham Carter. De La Cruz pleaded to an information filed by the State on Jan. 16, 2014.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, DeLaCruz is required to pay $376 in court costs.
2. Arnold Cedio Montoya was also placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Montoya pleaded guilty and was convicted to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ but the sentence was probated for a period of three years.
Montoya was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place June 15, 2012 by Hall County Deputy Jared Johnson. Montoya was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury on Jan. 14, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Montoya is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Hall County, $376 in court costs, $140 restitution, successfully complete 200 hours of community service, and all DWI requirements under Chapter 49. If Montoya violates his probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.
3. Bradley Kent Byars was placed on probation for a period of one year for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of deadly conduct. Byars pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.
Byars, 54-year-old resident of Memphis, was arrested in Hall County for the offense that took place June 12, 2013 by Carter. Byars was indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury on Dec. 13, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Byars was required to pay an upfront fine of $2,000 to Hall County and $376 in court costs. If Byars violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Hall County Jail.