Five defendants entered guilty pleas in the 266th Judicial District Court Monday. Four of the five were sentenced to prison while the fifth was placed on probation for 10 years.
Jonathan Joseph Shockley, 47, was sentenced to 12 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after pleading guilty to possessing less than one gram of methamphetamine in January.
While the possession offense is typically a state jail felony and punishable by up to two years confinement, District Judge Donald Jones said the offense was enhanced to a second-degree felony due to two prior convictions. A second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in a state penitentiary.
Kenneth Anthony Madruga, 44, was sentenced to two separate 12-month sentences following the state's motion to revoke probation for theft of less than $1,500 of property and burglary of a building.
Madruga pleaded guilty in 2006 and 2007, and according to Jones, he was sentenced to two years confinement, probated for four years for each of the state jail felony offenses. District Attorney Jason Cashon filed a motion to revoke probation in both cases in June.
In recommending the 12-month sentences, Assistant District Attorney Sterling Harmon recommended that the sentences run concurrently. Madruga was also ordered to pay fines, restitution and court costs.
Miguel Gutierrez Yanez, 30, was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to allegations that he violated the terms of a March 2006 probationary agreement.
Yanez was sentenced to two years confinement, probated for five years in 2006, after pleading guilty to possessing less than one gram of a controlled substance.
In court Monday, Jones said the state filed an amended motion to revoke the probation in July after Yanez allegedly violated the terms of his probation numerous times.
In addition to the sentence, Yanez was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, court costs and restitution.
Jones also said there is an Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold issued for Yanez, meaning the agency has a right to pick him up and deport him from the United States when he is released from jail.
Cori Winn Owen, 39, was sentenced to 14 months in jail after pleading guilty to the allegation that she violated the terms of a June 2008 probationary agreement.
Jones said Owen was sentenced to two years confinement, probated for five years in 2008, after pleading guilty to evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
Jones said the state filed two motions to revoke probation, one in March and a second in July, following probation violations.
Owen was also ordered to pay the $975 remaining balance on a $1,000 fine that was put in place in 2008 and remains unpaid.
Francisco Rivera, Jr., 31, was sentenced to 10 years prison, probated for 10, after pleading guilty to possessing less than four grams of cocaine. a third-degree felony.
Rivera, Jr., was also ordered to pay a fine, lab and attorney fees and court costs and complete 300 hours of community service.