17 felony sentences issued
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
May 22, 2014 | 1828 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 17 persons on felony charges, and one for a misdemeanor offense, between May 5 and 13, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.

Details of the felony sentencings were as follows:

• Charlene L. Smith, 29, of Gladewater, was placed on five years “deferred adjudication” probation May 9 upon pleading guilty to burglary of a building.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated the Nov. 12, 2013 crime. “Deferred adjudication” means no final conviction appears on a defendant’s record if he/she successfully completes probation, but if such probation is revoked, the defendant can receive the maximum term for the offense.

Some terms of Ms. Smith’s probation include a $1,500 fine, 400 hours of community service, and remaining off the victim’s property.

Assistant District Attorney Camille Henson represented the state at sentencing. Gladewater attorney Barry Wallace represented the defendant.

Vicky Lynn Hill, 48, of Gladewater, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation May 13 upon pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance—less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The Texas Department of Public Safety probed the Oct. 21, 2013 crime. Some terms of probation include a $2,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Assistant District Attorney Natalie A. Miller represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Tim Cone represented Ms. Hill.

• Max Robert Trimmell, 19, of Lone Star, was placed on seven years deferred adjudication probation May 5 upon pleading guilty to burglary of a habitation.

Gilmer police probed the March 11 offense.

Some terms of Trimmell’s probation include a $1,500 fine, 800 hours of community service, and $1,160 restitution to the victim.

Ms. Miller represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented Trimmell.

• Monroe James White, Jr., 56, of Longview, drew six years in prison for driving while intoxicated-subsequent offense May 9 when his probation on that charge was revoked.

White admitted violating terms of probation for the Sept. 27, 2011 crime, which the Texas Dept. of Public Safety probed. Ms. Miller represented the state, while Longview attorney Craig Bass represented White.

• Anthony Williams, 27, of Gilmer, received 13 months in prison May 9 upon pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine. The Sheriff’s Office investigated the May 1, 2013 offense.

Ms. Henson and Wallace handled the sentencing.

• Eric Neil Johnston, 26, of Gilmer, received 11 months in state jail May 9 upon pleading guilty to theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated his Jan. 14, 2013 crime. Byrd represented the state in the case; Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Johnston.

Paige Marie Williamson, 19, of Holly Lake Ranch, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation May 9 upon pleading guilty to burglary of a habitation.

Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine, $1,160 restitution to the victim, and 800 hours of community service.

Gilmer police investigated the March 11 offense. Ms. Miller represented the state. Tyler attorney Robert Perkins represented Ms. Williamson.

• Eric James Phillips, 23, of Diana, received 10 years probation of a 10-year prison term May 9 upon pleading guilty to assault against a public servant.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated the Aug. 31, 2013 crime. Some terms of probation include a $1,500 fine, 600 hours of community service, taking anger management training, and having no contact with the victims.

Ms. Henson represented the state. Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented Phillips.

• Wendy Gail Day, 31, of Gilmer, was placed on seven years deferred adjudication probation May 9 upon pleading guilty to “prohibited substances and items in correctional facility.”

The Sheriff’s Office investigated the Aug. 2, 2013 crime. Among terms of her probation are a $2,000 fine and 600 hours of community service.

Ms. Miller represented the state; Longview attorney Scott Novy represented Ms. Day.

• Michael Shawn Barber, 34, of Gilmer, drew three years in prison May 12 upon pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by felon.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated the Feb. 22, 2013 crime. Ms. Miller represented the state; Longview attorney John Moore represented Barber.

• Samantha Jo Lawson, 24, of Gilmer, was placed on eight years probation of a 10-year prison term May 12 upon pleading guilty to tampering with physical evidence.

The Sheriff’s Office probed the Oct. 5, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include a $2,000 fine and 600 hours of community service.

Ms. Miller and Moore handled the sentencing.

• Elvin Hart, 52, of Gilmer, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation May 12 upon pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance—heroin.

Gilmer police investigated the June 24, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include a $1,500 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Ms. Henson and Moore handled the case.

• Matthew Stephen Varner, 29, of Gilmer, drew consecutive sentences May 13 of four years in prison for unlawful possession of firearm by felon, and 24 months in state jail for theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000. He pled guilty to the firearm charge and his probation was revoked on the theft charge.

Varner must serve the state jail term before entering prison.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated the Nov. 12, 2013 firearm offense and the July 31, 2008 theft. Varner admitted violating terms of probation.

Byrd represented the state in the cases. Longview attorney Ryan Hill represented Varner.

• Fayleigh Nicole Yordy, 42, of Gilmer, was placed on four years deferred adjudication probation May 13 upon pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance—oxycodone.

Gilmer police investigated the Aug. 25, 2012 offense. Some terms of Ms. Yordy’s probation include 300 hours of community service, successfully completing an outpatient program in Longview, and pleading guilty to a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge in County Court.

Ms. Miller represented the state. Longview attorney Ed Choy represented the defendant.

• Crystal Ann Webb, 36, of Gilmer, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation May 13 upon pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance—less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Some terms of her probation include a $2,000 fine and 400 hours of community service. The Sheriff’s Office probed the Oct. 7, 2013 crime.

Ms. Miller and Cone handled the case.

• Lindsey Larae Mullins, 28, of Ore City, was placed on five years probation of a 2-year state jail term May 12 upon pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance—diazepam.

Gilmer police investigated the Jan. 14 offense. Some terms of Ms. Mullins’s probation include a $1,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Ms. Henson represented the state; Longview attorney Clifford Jessup represented the defendant.

• Caleb Henry Fifita, 19, of Gilmer, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation May 13 upon pleading guilty to evading arrest/detention with vehicle.

Gilmer police investigated the Oct. 5, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include a $1,500 fine, restitution, and 600 hours of community service.

Ms. Miller represented the state. Gilmer attorney David Griffith represented Fifita.

In the misdemeanor case, said Byrd’s office, a 57-year-old Gilmer man drew one year in county jail May 13 upon pleading guilty to assault causing bodily injury.
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