Sentences handed down
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
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115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 11 persons on felony charges and one for a misdemeanor offense after all pled guilty between Oct. 23 and Friday, Nov. 2, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.

As detailed elsewhere, 20-year-old Benjamin Lee Powers of Gilmer was placed on 10 years “deferred adjudication” probation Friday for manslaughter.

Details of the other felony sentencings include:

• Joshua Lynn Sharp, 32, of Big Sandy, was placed on five years probation of a 2-year state jail term Friday for possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. Big Sandy police investigated the Oct. 18, 2011 crime.

Sharp was fined $2,000 and ordered to perform 400 hours of community service, among other terms of probation. Assistant District Attorney Natalie Miller represented the state at the sentencing; Gilmer attorney Todd Tefteller represented Sharp.

• Tommy Ray Dillard, 51, of Gilmer, drew six months in state jail Oct. 25 for possession of marijuana. The crime occurred July 12, 2011.

The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated. Byrd represented the state at the sentencing, and Gilmer attorney David Griffith represented Dillard.

• Judy Vickery Reeher, 50, of Gilmer, received concurrent sentences of five years probation of a 2-year state jail term for two counts of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

She was charged with two counts in the Feb. 19, 2011, incident, because two children were in the vehicle. Among other terms of probation, she was fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service at her Oct. 26 sentencing.

The DPS investigated. Miss Miller represented the state in the cases, while attorney Scott Novy represented Ms. Reeher.

• Nathaniel Wayne White, 45, of Gilmer, received two concurrent 5-year prison terms Friday for indecency with a child. The incidents, investigated by Gilmer police, occurred Jan. 10 and 15.

Byrd represented the state. Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented White.

• Billy John Mason, 54, who was listed as “homeless,” drew 270 days in county jail Friday for attempted retaliation. Big Sandy police probed the July 29 incident.

Byrd was prosecutor. Attorney Craig Bass was defense attorney.

• Exzavian Johnson, 19, of Gilmer, was placed on three years “deferred adjudication” probation Friday for criminal mischief. No final conviction appears on his record if he successfully completes probation for the Dec. 15, 2011 offense, but he could receive the maximum term for the crime if such probation is revoked.

Among other terms of probation, Johnson was fined $250, ordered to perform 400 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $4,192.60 restitution to the victim jointly and severable with co-defendants. Gilmer police investigated the case.

Miss Miller and Patton handled the sentencing.

• Larek Antwan Tave, 28, of Gilmer, drew concurrent 18-month state jail terms Friday for two counts of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. He was charged with two counts because he had two children in the vehicle during the Oct. 22, 2011 incident.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated the offense. Miss Miller was prosecutor, and Gilmer attorney Dwight Brannonwas defense attorney.

• Darrell Boyd, 50, of Katy, received concurrent probated sentences Friday for three counts of theft of property of the value of $500 or more but less than $1,500-enhanced. He was placed on five years probation of a 2-year state jail term on each count.

Boyd was fined $1,750 for the offenses, which occurred Sept. 9, 2010; Jan. 6, 2011; and Jan. 19, 2011. He was also ordered to pay $5,200 restitution to the victim.

The investigating law enforcement agency was not listed on the statement released by Byrd’s office.

Miss Miller represented the state. Gilmer attorney Tim Cone represented Boyd.

• Dustin Randolph Richardson, 42, of Gilmer, was placed on five years probation of a 10-year prison term Friday for driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense. He was also fined $1,500 and ordered to perform 600 hours of community service.

The DPS probed the Oct. 3, 2011, crime.

Miss Miller prosecuted the case, and Gilmer attorney David Griffith was defense attorney.

• Jason Scott Davis, 37, of Gilmer, was placed on six years probation of a 10-year prison term Friday for assault-family violence with prior conviction. However, he was to remain in county jail pending transport to a substance abuse treatment facility.

Davis was also fined $2,000, ordered to perform 300 hours of community service, and ordered to donate $100 to the Women’s Center of East Texas.

The Sheriff’s Office probed the May 11 crime. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Ojeman represented the state at sentencing, while attorney Noemi Collie represented Davis.

In the misdemeanor case, a 31-year-old Gilmer woman received a year’s probation of a 1-year county jail term Oct. 23 for attempted forgery. Big Sandy police investigated the offense.
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