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Panhandle – On Monday, Aug. 12, three pleas 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.

- Joel Herrera, 27, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for ten years for the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one, methamphetamine. Herrera, from Phoenix, was arrested in Carson County by Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Danny Nunez on Jan. 27, 2018. Herrera was later indicted by the Carson County Grand Jury on Oct. 26, 2018.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Herrera is also required to pay a fine of $10,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 in drug lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee, and successfully complete 400 hours of community service. If Herrera violates probation, he could face up to 99 years or life in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

- Chandler Shamar Millender, 28, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one, cocaine. Millender, from Atlanta, was arrested by in Carson County by DPS Trooper Kyle Kieth on April 5, 2018. Millender was later indicted by the Carson County Grand Jury on Dec. 20, 2018.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Millender is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $400 in attorney fees, $336 in court costs, $180 lab restitution, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Millender violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

- John Wilber Zimmerman II, 38, pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for a period of six years for the second degree felony offense of money laundering. Zimmerman, from Lexington, Ky., was arrested by in Carson County by DPS Trooper Max Honesto on July 9, 2018. Zimmerman was later indicted by the Carson County Grand Jury on Jan. 7, 2019.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Zimmerman is required to pay a $6,000 fine to Carson County, $400 in attorney fees, $276 in court costs, a $500 out-of-state probation transfer fee, $5.18 jail restitution, and successfully complete 300 hours of community service. If Zimmerman violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.