Eleven defendants entered guilty pleas in the 266th Judicial District Court Tuesday including a man facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.
Temer Isiah Lynch, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, in October 2006 and was placed on deferred adjudication probation. While he was still on probation in June of this year, an Erath County grand jury returned an indictment against Lynch for robbery, also a second-degree felony. As a result of the recent indictment, District Attorney Jason Cashon filed a motion to adjudicate Lynch's guilt in the 2006 case.
On Tuesday, Lynch pleaded true to the allegations that he violated the terms of his 2006 deferred sentence while at the same time pleading guilty to the 2009 robbery against a former girlfriend.
In the more recent case, Lynch was arrested by the Stephenville Police Department in December 2009 after assaulting his girlfriend and stealing her car four months earlier.
At the time of his arrest in 2009, former Stephenville Police Chief Roy Halsell said Lynch had been on the lam for more than four months when a routine check returned information that he was wanted by local authorities for assaulting his former girlfriend, pointing a gun at her and stealing her car, which was later found abandoned.
In exchange for pleading guilty, Assistant District Attorney Sterling Harmon recommended that Lynch be sentenced to nine years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in each of the cases.
In accepting the recommendation, District Judge Donald Jones also agreed on Harmon's recommendation that the sentences be set to run concurrently.
In a separate case, a man accused of possession of child pornography was placed on deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty.
While William Trent Whitman, 20, was able to avoid time in a Texas prison and walked out with a seven year deferred sentence, he will be required to register as a sex offender annually for the remainder of his life, according to Jones.
Jones also said that Whitman will be required to follow all the rules pertaining to sex offender probationary sentences, including avoiding restricted areas, and will also be required to provide a DNA sample, which will be stored for future identification.
Alyssa Michelle Parks Russell, 20, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, more than $1,500 but less than $20,000, a state jail felony.
Russell was given three years deferred adjudication probation and was ordered to pay almost $5,000 in restitution to an individual whose car Jones said she damaged in 2009. She was also ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and pay fines, fees and court costs.
Cameron Doyle Holson, 24, pleaded true to the allegations that he violated a prior probationary agreement.
The state filed a motion to revoke his probation for possession of less than one gram of cocaine. Holson was placed on deferred adjudication in November 2006 and the state filed a motion to revoke his probation in April after he violated his probation by consuming alcohol and driving while intoxicated on two occasions.
In exchange for his guilty plea Tuesday, Holson was sentenced to a reformed sentence reduced from two years to 16 months in a state jail.
Paula Elizabeth Phelps, 23, pleaded true to allegations included in a state's motion to revoke probation for possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
The state filed the motion in August after Phelps smoked marijuana on multiple occasions and failed to abide by other terms of her probation, including failing to pay fines and fees and refusing to consent to a urine analysis.
In exchange for her guilty plea, Phelps was ordered to undergo treatment while serving time in a substance abuse felony punishment facility. Jones said once she is released from the treatment facility, Phelps will remain on probation.
Severiano Cruz, 32, pleaded true to the allegations that he twice violated the terms of a November 2008 probationary sentence for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
Jones said two motions to revoke Cruz's probation were filed, one in June 2009 for failure to report to his probation offer and follow other terms of his probation, and a second motion last month following a domestic violence conviction.
Cruz was handed down a reduced sentence of 15 months in a state jail.
Also sentenced Tuesday were:
• Noe Tapia Estrada, Jr., 23, was sentenced to 45 days in the Erath County Jail following a motion to revoke his probation for possession of four to 200 grams of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony. Estrada will remain on probation following his release from jail.
• Deann Christine Joseph, 27, was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for six, following a motion to adjudicate guilt for fraudulent possession of a controlled substance/prescription, a second-degree felony.
• Carlos Aguilar Hernandez, 30, was sentenced to eight years in prison, probated for six, for driving while intoxicated, third or more, a third-degree felony.
• Albert Blaine Prado, 19, was sentenced to two years in TDCJ, probated for five, for two counts of possession of more than four ounces of marijuana, a state jail felony.
• Pamela Jean Tally, 64, was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication probation for forgery of a check, a state jail felony.