Judge Parish sentences 11 felons
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
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115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 11 persons on felony charges between Feb. 4 and 7, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Details of the sentencings were as follows and all occurred Feb. 4 unless otherwise noted, the office said:

Patrick David Thompson, 19, of Gladewater, drew four concurrent 10-year prison terms upon pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and two of indecency with a child.

Gilmer police probed the July 1, 2012 assaults and the July 23, 2012 indecency offenses. Assistant District Attorney Natalie Miller represented the state at sentencing; Gilmer attorney Joe W. Newsom, Jr., represented Thompson.

Thomas Odell Young, Jr., 52, of Gladewater, received eight months in state jail after pleading guilty to attempted unlawful possession of firearm by felon.

Gladewater police investigated the Jan. 15, 2013, crime. Byrd represented the state at sentencing; Gilmer attorney Dwight Brannon represented Young.

Harrell Edward Johnson, 44, of Gladewater, received 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to an enhanced charge of tampering with physical evidence.

The Sheriff's Office investigated the April 3, 2013 crime. Assistant District Attorney A. Camille Henson represented the state; Barry Wallace, a Gladewater attorney, represented Johnson.

In a case investigated by Gladewater police, Velvet Black Rives, 52, of Big Sandy, was placed on three years deferred adjudiction probation Feb. 5 after pleading guilty to burglary of habitation.

Defendants who successfully complete "deferred adjudication" probation have no final conviction on their records.

Ms. Rives committed the crime May 19, 2013. Some terms of her probation include a $500 fine, 240 hours of community service, and having anger management training.

Henson represented the state. Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented Rives.

As detailed in another story elsewhere in today's issue, Casey Lee Phillips, 34, of Hallsville, drew 40 years in prison when he pled guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Krystal Gail King, 31, of Quitman, was placed on concurrent terms of eight years "deferred adjudication" probation after pleading guilty to two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Some of Ms. King's multiple terms of probation include a $2,000 fine, paying $2,496.86 restitution to the victim, and 600 hours of community service.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Office investigated the June 16, 2013 offenses. Ms. Miller and Wallace handled the sentencing.

In an unusual case, Amanda Gayle Read, 44, of Gilmer, drew 24 months in state jail for possession of a controlled substance--less than one gram of methamphetamine--after her probation on that charge was revoked.

She admitted to paragraphs 2-11 of the state's allegations concerning her violating terms of probation, but denied paragraph one. However, Judge Parish found all 11 paragraphs true.

Gilmer police investigated her March 22, 2012 offense. Byrd represented the state at sentencing; Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Read.

Emily Lynn Defur, 30, of Gilmer, received 12 months in state jail for delivery of a controlled substance--less than 28 grams of alprazolam--when her probation on that charge was revoked.

Ms. Defur admitted violating terms of probation for the July 13, 2011 offense, which the Sheriff's Office investigated. Ms. Miller and Patton handled the sentencing.

Morgan Andrew McCaslin, 21, of Gilmer, received two concurrent 11-month state jail terms upon pleading guilty to attempting to take weapon from peace officer and attempted assault against public servant.

The Texas Department of Public Safety probed the Aug. 7, 2013 offenses. Byrd represented the state; attorney Steve Simmons represented McCaslin.

Dustin Andrew Jones, 19, of Gilmer, was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication probation Feb. 5 upon pleading guilty to indecency with a child.

The Sheriff's Office investigated the June 11, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include a $1,500 fine, 800 hours of community service, and avoiding contact with the victim and the victim's family.

Ms. Henson represented the state. Longview attorney Clifton (Scrappy) Holmes represented Jones.

Kirk Edward Oxford, 43, of Gilmer, drew five years in prison Feb. 7 upon pleading guilty to unlawful possession of firearm by felon. Gilmer police investigated the May 11, 2013 crime.

Byrd and Winn handled the sentencing.
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