Five defendants pleaded guilty in the 266th Judicial District Court Monday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger and violation of probationary agreements.
Brandon Nathaniel Arndt, 22, was sentenced to five years in a state penitentiary after he pleaded “true” to allegations that he violated the conditions of his probation on a previous charge of possession of cocaine.
Arndt was also ordered to pay fines and fees.
Reading from court records, Judge Donald Jones said Arndt entered a guilty plea in May 2007 and was placed on seven years deferred adjudication probation, and the district attorney office filed a motion to adjudicate his guilt in December of the same year. Some time later, Arndt was again found in violation of the terms of his probation. He faced two motions to revoke his probation at Monday’s hearing.
Andrew Charles Guthrie, 23, was sentenced to two years in a state jail, probated to five, on a state’s motion to adjudicate his guilt on a previous charge of graffiti on a school.
Guthrie was also ordered to undergo and complete treatment in a substance abuse felony punishment facility for a period not to exceed one year, enter into aftercare treatment and pay a $1,000 fine.
Jones said Guthrie violated the terms of his probation when he tested positive for drug and alcohol abuse during random screenings. The positive results were detected during meetings with his probation officer on at least nine occasions.
Jones said Guthrie also failed to complete community service as ordered by the court.
“The only reason I am agreeing (with the state’s recommendation) is because you obviously need treatment,” Jones said. “You have exhausted my patience.”
Kristi Ann Hicks, 22, pleaded guilty to information presented by the district attorney’s office in exchange for a sentence of two years in a state jail, probated for five.
Hicks was charged with possession of methamphetamine but was not indicted on the charges.
As part of the plea deal, Jones said Hicks waived her right to have her case heard by an Erath County grand jury.
In addition to probation, Hicks was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine in addition to court, attorney and lab fees. She was also ordered to complete 300 hours of community service.
Jameson Conan Burn, 27, was sentenced to two years in a state jail, probated for five, and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine plus lab and attorney fees. He was also sentenced to 300 hours of community service.
Burn pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana.
Jesse Arriaga, 41, was sentenced to 16 months in a state jail and ordered to pay fines and fees after he pleaded true to allegations that he violated the terms of his probation on a prior offense of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.