An Erath County grand jury indicted a line of individuals Wednesday, including one man for delivering methamphetamine, one for assault with a deadly weapon, one on two counts of burglary and another for stealing property from Tarleton State University.
Tracy Lee Thurman, 45, was arrested in July by Stephenville police after what Lt. Don Miller called months of undercover narcotics investigation by the department. Thurman was arrested at his residence in the 1200 block of Wildwood Drive and charged with delivery of meth, one gram or more but less than four. Thurman
faces five to 99 years in prison if convicted of the first-degree felony offense.
James Sterling Ostrander, 46, was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted, Ostrander faces two to 20 years behind bars for the second-degree felony offense.
Sergio Lopez Puentes, 22, was indicted on two counts of burglary - one of a building and the second a residence, a state jail felony and second degree felony.
In May, the Erath County Sheriff’s Office sought public assistance in determining the identity of Puentes, also known as “Tovar.”
Puentes was suspected of being involved in a string of burglaries at various locations across the county. He allegedly threatened his victims with bodily harm if the crimes were reported and also claimed to have been affiliated with a local gang.
“He threatened extreme violence,” former Chief Investigator Donnie Hensley said.
Stephenville police arrested Puentes after he and an accomplice allegedly burglarized a residence located in the 1300 block of Kaylock Street and stole several pieces of jewelry and rifle ammunition, and then hid firearms and power tools in the backyard, which police believed he planned to later retrieve.
If found guilty, Puentes faces 180 days to two years for the state jail felony and two to 20 years for the second-degree felony.
Desmond Decharles Jones, 24, a Tarleton student, was indicted on one count of theft after he was linked to one of 14 projectors that were stolen from various classrooms across the university’s campus.
Since there were no signs of forced entry, Tarleton Police Chief Justin Williams said during the investigation that the thefts were likely committed by someone with access to the rooms where the projectors were located.
While he was not connected to all of the missing projectors, valued at $2,000 each, he was arrested for stealing at least one after university police received a tip that one of the projectors was at a local apartment complex. When officers arrived, they found the projector sitting on a coffee table. The resident told officers that he received the projector from Jones who was later interviewed by police and arrested.
If found guilty, Jones faces 180 days to two years in jail.
Indicted for possession of a controlled substance:
• Nickey Rena Easley, 31, penalty group one - less than one gram (enhanced), a third degree felony.
• Lea Lea Garbutt, 27, penalty group one - less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Tanna Leeann Hulsey, 20, penalty group one - less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Robby Wayne Hunter, 20, penalty group one - less than on gram, a state jail felony.
• Jorge Lorta, 18, penalty group two (ecstacy) - one gram or more but less than four grams, a third degree felony.
• Efrain Ramirez, 20, penalty group one - less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Jameson Conan Burn, 29, five pounds or more but less than four ounces, a state jail felony.
• Justyn Turner Henderson, 24, possession of five pounds or less but more than four ounces, and delivery of marijuana - five pounds or less but more than a quarter ounce, both state jail felonies.
• Ismael Avila, 36, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, a state jail felony.
• Sean Stewart Brooks, 34, theft - less than $1,500 (with previous convictions), a state jail felony.
• Carlos Aguilar Hernandez, 29, driving while intoxicated (third or more offense), a third degree felony.
• Damien Oren McClure, 27, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.
• Jarrett Blake Nash, 22, credit card or debit care abuse, a state jail felony.
• Abram Alfonoso Olguin-Chavez, 19, credit or debit card abuse, a state jail felony.
• Christopher Marc Spruill, 25, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.