Memphis – On Friday, April 23, one contested hearing took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in Hall County, Texas.
Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, along with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.
Tanner Dale Sims, 32, of Childress, Texas, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the first degree felony offense of aggravated robbery.
Sims was arrested by Hall County Sheriff Tom Heck on Aug. 8, 2020, for the crime that had taken place on July 23, 2020. Sims was placed on probation for five years on Jan. 21. The State filed a motion asking the Court to revoke Sims’ probation on Feb. 23, based upon his violation of certain conditions of his probation.
At the hearing on Friday, the State called only one witness. Casey Timmons, the probation officer responsible for supervising Sims, testified that Sims admitted to consuming methamphetamine, on multiple dates, and associating with known criminals, also on multiple dates, during his short time on probation.
At the conclusion of the hearing, Messer found that Sims had violated the terms of his probation, and sentenced Sims to the 45-year prison term. Due to the nature of Sims’ offense under applicable Texas law, he will be required to complete at least 50 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
“The defendant didn’t even try to comply with the terms of his probation, and we believe that is reflected in the Court’s ruling,” said Caudle. “Given the sentence handed down today, hopefully Tanner Sims will never set foot in this district again.”
Due to a prior felony conviction, Sims was enhanced to a 15-year-minimum first degree felony. Sims was also required to pay what was remaining of the original fines and fees when placed on probation.