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On Tuesday, April 6, one contested hearing and two pleas took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in Carson County, Texas.

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.

- Dennis Ross Gray, 30, of Skellytown, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Following his arrest on Jan. 17, 2019, Gray was initially placed on probation for six years on May 2, 2019. The State filed a motion asking the Court to revoke Gray’s probation on March 8, based upon his violation of certain conditions of his probation.

At the hearing on Tuesday, the State called three witnesses. Carson County Deputy Taner Blackburn testified that Gray committed two new misdemeanor offenses in Feb. 2021. Becky Fuller and Micah Melton, both of the 100th Judicial District probation department, testified to Gray’s failure to abide by several other conditions of his probation.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Messer found that Gray had in fact violated the terms of his probation, and immediately thereafter sentenced Gray to the 18-year prison term. Notably, due to the nature of Gray’s offense under applicable Texas law, he will be required to complete at least 50 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

“Today was a great day for the citizens of Carson County,” said Caudle after Gray’s sentencing. He added, “Gray has been a problem in our community for several years. He will not be missed.”

- Mercedes Ray McIntosh, 35, of Memphis, Texas, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Following her arrest on Jan. 20, McIntosh was initially placed on probation for six years on Feb. 16. The State filed a motion asking the Court to revoke McIntosh’s probation on March 22, a mere 36 days later, based upon McIntosh’s multiple violations of conditions of her probation.

At the hearing on Tuesday, McIntosh admitted to violating probation and Messer sentenced her to 20 years in prison.

- Michael Douglas Hendrix, 62, of Whittier, Calif., was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the second degree felony offense of possession of marijuana.

Following his arrest on Jan. 6, 2018, Hendrix was initially placed on probation for six years on March 5, 2018. The State filed a motion asking the Court to revoke Hendrix’s probation on March 1, 2020, based upon his violation of certain conditions of his probation.

At the hearing on Tuesday, Hendrix admitted to violating probation, and Messer sentenced him to 10 years in prison.