Court hears guilty pleas
by MAC OVERTON
Jun 19, 2014 | 927 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Twenty-three felony guilty pleas and one Class A misdemeanor guilty plea were heard in 115th District Court in Gilmer June 2-13, with Judge Lauren Parish presiding.

The felony pleas included:

• Kelly Madelina Madden, 48, Gladewater, possession of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, a state jail felony. She received 15 months in a state jail. Upshur County Assistant District Attorney Natalie Miller prosecuted the case, and Clement Dunn was defense attorney.

• Malcolm Keith Smith, 45, Gilmer, injury to a child, and assault family violence with a previous conviction, both third-degree felonies. He received four years in prison on each count, sentences to run concurrently. Ms. Miller was prosecutor, and John Moore was defense attorney.

• Edgar Lee Starr III, 48, Big Sandy, unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony. He received six months in a state jail. Assistant District Attorney Camille Henson was prosecutor, and Scott Novy was defense attorney.

• Kenneth Dale Waller Jr., 40, Pittsburg, possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. He received four years in prison. Ms. Henson was prosecutor, while Novy was defense attorney.

• Charlie Jasper Lawson, 25, Gilmer, unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony. He received 12 months in a state jail. Ms. Henson was prosecutor, and Craig Bass was defense attorney.

• Edwin A. Williams, 55, Shreveport, tampering with a government record, repeat offender, a second-degree felony. This charge was brought by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He received a 20-year sentence. Ms. Henson represented the state, and Novy was defense attorney.

• Robby Brian Stevens, 43, Leander, aggravated robbery-habitual offender, three counts. He received three life sentences, to run concurrently. District Attorney Billy Byrd prosecuted the case, while Brandon Wynn was defense attorney.

• Payton Cole Wisdom, 17, Gilmer, burglary of a building, a state jail felony. He received five years deferred adjudication probation. (Under deferred adjudication, if a convict successfully completes probation, it does not appear on the permanent record. If the person doesn’t, he or she can receive the maximum sentence.) Ms. Miller prosecuted him, and Bass was defense attorney. It will run concurrently with another count of theft of property $1,500-$20,000, also a state jail felony.

He was also fined $1,500 and ordered to do 400 hours of community service, as well as meet other conditions.

Byrd was prosecutor, and Bass was defense attorney.

• Emily Joan Muhlback, 22, Gilmer, debit card abuse, a state jail felony. She received five years deferred adjudication probation. She was fined $1,000 and ordered to make $163.37 restitution to her victim and do 300 hours of community service. Byrd was prosecutor, and Moore was defense attorney.

• Eddie Douglas Baker, 28, Gilmer, murder, a first-degree felony. He received 45 years in prison. It will run concurrent with two counts of aggravated assault-threaten with a deadly weapon, second-degree felonies. He received 10 years in prison on each plea. Byrd was prosecutor, and Moore was defense attorney.

• Lane Kylar Buchanan, 18, Gilmer, burglary of a building, a state jail felony, and theft of property $1,500-$20,000, both state jail felonies. He received five years adjudication on each count, sentences to run concurrently with 10 years deferred adjudication on the third-degree felony charge of assault against a public service, a third-degree felony.

Conditions of probation include paying a $2,000 fine, attorney’s fees, 600 hours of community service, restitution to be determined, as well as other conditions. He also must write a letter of apology to Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Clark, who he assaulted.

Ms. Miller was prosecutor, and Dwight Brannon was defense attorney.

• Ronald James Choyce, 39, Gilmer, failure to register as a sex offender, a third-degree felony. He received 10 years in prison, probated for seven years. He must pay a $1,500 fine and do 400 hours of community service, and register as a sex offender. He may contact his biological children. Ms. Miller was prosecutor, and Dwight Brannon was defense attorney.

• Bobbie Renee Wagner, 33, Gilmer, debit card abuse, a state jail felony. She received 24 months in a state jail. Byrd was prosecutor, and Matthew Patton was defense attorney.

The Class A misdemeanor plea was by a 29-year-old Gladewater man for attempted possession of methamphetamine. Byrd was prosecutor, and Brannon was defense attorney.
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