Wellington – On Monday, April 1, 2013, two pleas took place which resulted in one conviction and one deferred adjudication.
Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
A total of $4,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on April 1. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $752 in court costs and $280 restitution.
1. Kelly Deann Cruz pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
On Feb. 6, 2012, Cruz, a 33-year-old resident of Wellington, originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of prohibited substance in a correctional facility that occurred on Dec. 5, 2011, in Collingsworth County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on July 13, 2012, alleging four violations of community supervision.
Cruz pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Cruz is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County, a $2,500 fine, and $280 restitution.
2. Shemeta Buckner AKA Shameka Buckner was placed on probation for a period of eight years for the third degree felony offense of injury to a child. Buckner pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.
Buckner, 36-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Dec. 5, 2012. Buckner was indicted by a Collingsworth County Grand Jury on Jan. 14, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Buckner is required to pay a $2,000 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs, 200 hours of community service, and attend an anger management program. If Buckner violates probation, she could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.