Judge Parish sentences 14 for felonies, two for misdemeanors
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
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115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 14 persons on felony charges and two for misdemeanor offenses between May 27 and Friday, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Details of the felony sentencings were as follows, the office reported:

Thomas Wayne Ferrell, a Gladewater resident who turned 36 Sunday, was placed on five years "deferred adjudication" probation May 27 upon pleading guilty to theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Office investigated the Sept. 28, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include $8,000 restitution to the victim, a $1,500 fine, and 400 hours of community service.

"Deferred adjudication" means no final conviction appears on a defendant's record if he/she successfully completes probation. However, if such probation is revoked, the defendant can receive up to the maximum sentence for the offense.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Tim Cone represented Ferrell.

Anita Rene Brafford, 59, of Big Sandy, drew eight years probation of a 10-year prison term May 27 upon pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense.

Big Sandy police investigated the Jan. 5 offense. Some terms of Brafford's probation include a $2,000 fine, 600 hours of community service, suspension of her driver's license for one year, and attending a school for DWI repeat offenders.

Asst. Dist. Atty. A. Camille Henson represented the state at sentencing. Attorney Clifford Jessup represented Brafford.

Terry Lee Wilcox, 43, of Hawkins, received four years in prison May 30 upon pleading guilty to evading arrest/detention with vehicle. Big Sandy police investigated the Oct. 13, 2013 offense.

Asst. Dist. Atty. Natalie A. Miller represented the state. Gilmer attorney Dwight Brannon represented Wilcox.

Anthony Quinn Davis, 53, of Gilmer, drew 18 months in state jail May 27 upon pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance--less than one gram of methaphetamine.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Office probed the Aug. 6, 2013 offense. Byrd represented the state at sentencing; Gladewater attorney Barry Clark Wallace represented Davis.

Elisha Marie Darnell, 32, of Gilmer, drew 18 months in state jail May 27 for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information after her probation for that offense was revoked. She admitted violating probation for the Dec. 13, 2007 crime, which Gilmer police investigated.

Byrd and Cone handled the sentencing.

Bryan Colby Orona, 29, of Dallas, was placed on 10 years regular probation of a 10-year prison term May 27 when the "deferred adjudication" probation he was serving for indecency with a child by exposure was revoked.

Orona, who admitted violating probation, must now serve 120 days in county jail as a term of his new probation for his Oct. 5, 2001 crime, which the Sheriff's Office probed.

Some other terms of the new probation include 800 hours of commuity service, registering as a sex offender, and making restitution to the Sheriff's Office for transport.

Cone and Byrd handled the sentencing.

Johnie Mack McCullough, 54, of Gilmer, drew concurrent 6-year prison terms May 27 after pleading guilty to two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. The Sheriff's Office investigated the June 16, 2013 offenses.

Ms. Miller and Cone handled the sentencing.

Edgar E. Chavez, 27, of Gilmer, was put on three years deferred adjudication probation May 27 upon pleading guilty to burglary of a building. The Sheriff's Office investigated the Jan. 31 crime

Some terms of Chavez's probation include a $1,000 fine and 300 hours of community service. Byrd represented the state, while Longview attorney Edward Choy represented Chavez.

Kelly Dewaine Grant, 66, of Gilmer, was placed on eight years deferred adjudation probation May 27 after pleading guilty to injury to a child. East Mountain police probed the Dec. 6, 2013 offense.

Some terms of probation include a $1,500 fine and 600 hours of community service, anger management classes, and successfully completing outpatient treatment.

Ms. Henson represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Scott Novy represented Grant.

Thomas Dell Williamson, 19, of Irving, was put on three years deferred adjudication probation May 27 after pleading guilty to burglary of building--engaging in organized criminal activity.

The Sheriff's Office investigated the Jan. 10 crime. Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine and 600 hours of community service.

Byrd and Choy handled the sentencing.

Caleb Michael Barton, 22, of Longview, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation May 27upon pleading guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine. The Sheriff's Office probed the May 2 offense

One term of probation includes 240 hours of community service. Byrd represented the state; Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Barton.

James Darren Rowland, 49, of Longview, was placed on four years probation of a 2-year state jail term May 29 upon pleading guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. probed the Aug. 25, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine, 400 hours of community service, and suspension of his driver's license for one year.

Ms. Miller represented the state; Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented Rowland.

John Marvis McGill, 39, of Diana, was sentenced to two concurrent terms May 29 when his probation was revoked on one charge, and he pled guilty to another.

McGill drew five years in prison upon pleading guilty to possession of one gram or more but less than four grams of methamphetamine. He also drew 18 months in state jail for forgery after admitting he violated his probation on that charge.

The Sheriff's Office investigated both the Sept. 10, 2013, drug offense and July 8, 2010 forgery. Byrd represented the state; Gilmer attorney Todd Tefteller represented McGill.

Michael Jade Hamm, 19, of Gilmer, was put on seven years deferred adjudication probation May 30 upon pleading guilty to burglary of building--engaging in organized criminal activity.

The Sheriff's Office investigated the Jan. 10 offense. Some terms of probation include a $2,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Byrd and Winn handled the sentencing.

In one of the misdemeanor cases, said Byrd's office, a 39-year-old Ore City man received 300 days in county jail May 27 upon pleading guilty to assault causes bodily injury--family violence.

In the other, investigated by Big Sandy police, a Longview man who turns 24 Sunday drew one year's probation of a 1-year county jail term upon pleading guilty May 27 to leaving the scene of an accident, the office reported.

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June 06, 2014
Question for the Judge:

Just wondering if one could be sue against the county for liability suit.. Due do the excessive poor road conditions thru out the county?

Just throwing a few shovel fulls of oil dirt in a few holes resulting in making the roads rougher.. Raising the tax rates... as well as property values being raised.. but the roads conditions are getting worse and worse,,

Some areas, have been asked many times to be repaired. But seem to fall on deaf ears.

So, the real question is.. Can it be done? yes or no