Alcohol involved in many pleas
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Nine guilty pleas and one misdemeanor plea were heard in 115th District Court in Gilmer between Oct. 8 and 12. Alcohol was involved in many of the offenses.

Sentences were meted out by District Judge Lauren Parish.

The sentences included:

• Wesley Jerome Johnson, 19, Gilmer, criminal mischief, a state jail felony. He received three years deferred adjudicaition probation. He was also fined $100, ordered to do 400 hours of community service, and ordered to pay restitution to his victim. (Under deferred adjudication, no permanent record exists if probation is successfully completely. If it is not completed, the felon may receive up to the maximum sentence for the offense.) Assistant Upshur County District Attorney Natalie Miller was prosecutor, and Scott Novy was defense attorney. Johnson had been arrested by Gilmer police.

• David Ryan Watson, 35, Gilmer, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony, on May 13. He was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation, fined $1,000, and ordered to do 300 hours of community service. Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd prosecuted the case, and Clifton Holmes was defense attorney. Watson had been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office.

• Jerry Don Cahill, 45, Pittsburg, driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, probated for 10 years. He was also fined $2,000 and ordered to do 500 hours of community service. He must attend Alcoholics Anonymous weekly for one year. He had been arrested April 7 by the Department of Public Safety. Byrd was prosecutor, and Charles Van Cleef was defense attorney.

• Thomas Duane Berry, 42, Holly Lake Ranch, driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense, a third-degree felony. He received 10 years, probated for five years, was fined $1,750 and must do 600 hours of community service. His driver’s license is suspended for one year. Ms. Miller was prosecutor, and Matthew Patton was defense attorney. He had been arrested June 23 by DPS.

• Cynthia Lorraine Black-Knight, 32, Gilmer, fraudulent transfer of motor vehicle, a state jail felony. She got three years deferred adjudication probation, a $250 fine and 300 hours of community service. She had been arrested by Gilmer police Jan. 10. Byrd was prosecutor, and Jessica Kroscher was defense attorney.

• Thelma Poche, 60, Gilmer, tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony. She received five years deferred adjudication probation, was fined $500, and must do 600 hours of community service. She had been arrested March 30 by the Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Miller was prosecutor, and Tim Cone was defense attorney.

• Jacob Paul Knight, 36, Gilmer, fraudulent transfer of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony. He got three years deferred adjudication probation, a $250 fine, and must do 300 hours of community service. He had been been arrested by Gilmer police Jan. 10. Byrd was prosecutor and Ms. Kroscher was defense attorney.

• Colton J. Magill, 22, Big Sandy, assault family violence-occlusion, continuous family violence, a third-degree felony. he was arrested Aug. 28, 2011, by Gilme police. He received 10 years deferred adjudication probation, was fined $5,000, and must do 600 hours of community service. He must also pay restitution to be determined, and attend a “batterer’s intervention prevention program” and make a $100 payment to the Women’s Center of East Texas.

He will also have to serve 90 days in the county jail prior to the state of probation, and is prohibited from going within 200 yards of his victim’s residence or place of employment.

Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Ojeman was prosecutor, and Brandon Winn was defense attorney.

• Justin Allynn Newby, 26, Hawkins, assault family violence-impede breath/circulation, a third-degree felony. He received five years deferred adjudication probation. He was also fined $2,500, ordered to work 400 hours of community service, and must enroll in a “batterer’s intervention prevention program” within 90 days. He must also pay $100 to the Women’s Center of East Texas and have no contact with the complainant. He was arrested by Gilmer police on June 24. Mrs. Ojeman was prosecutor and Brandon Winn was defense attorney.

The Class A misdemeanor plea was for driving while intoxicated-2nd offense. The 52-year-old perpetrator was sentenced to a year in the county jail. He had been arrested Dec. 29, 2011, by DPS. Byrd was prosecutor and Dwight Brannon was defense attorney.
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dry county?
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October 22, 2012
This comes as no suprize.... as this county has the most churches per cap... but also is the WETEST DRY COUNTY IN THE STATE....

No a Suprize at all...