Monday, October 23rd, 2017

District court sentences local woman to state prison

A Clarendon woman was sentenced to prison last week when the District Court heard two Donley County cases among 31 pleas in Childress August 10.

District Attorney Luke Inman, assisted by Harley Caudle, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

Tammy Delaine White pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of forgery against an elderly person.

White, 53 from Clarendon, originally pleaded to the charges from the November 14, 2012, offense in Donley County on June 3, 2013.  The State filed the motion to adjudicate on June 7, 2017, alleging five violations of community supervision.

White is also required to pay $473 in court costs to Donley County.

Miguel Angel Padilla was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.  Padilla pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Padilla, 26 from Houston, was arrested by Donley County Sheriff’s Deputy Miranda Betts in Donley County for the offense that took place on November 10, 2016. Padilla pleaded to an information filed by the State on January 12, 2017.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Padilla was required to pay an upfront fine of $4,000 to Donley County, $458 in court costs, $180 drug lab restitution, and successfully complete 100 hours of community service. If Padilla violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

The court also heard four Donley County cases last Tuesday, August 8, among 34 please in Panhandle.

Keaton Kenneth Maher was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Maher pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Maher, 24 from Century, Fla., was arrested by DPS Trooper Justin Dillman in Donley County for the offense that took place on October 17, 2016. Maher pleaded to an information filed by the State on July 10, 2017.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Maher was required to pay a fine of $3,000 to Donley County, $458 in court costs, $180 drug lab restitution, successfully complete 200 hours of community service, and a $500 probation transfer fee. If Maher violates probation, he could face up to ten years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Eduardo Francisco Rocha was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.  Rocha pleaded to an information filed by the State on July 18, 2017 and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rocha, 45 from Keller, Texas, was arrested in Donley County by DPS Trooper Lynn Mays for the offense that took place on November 3, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rocha was required to pay an upfront fine of $4,000 to Donley County, $458 in court costs, $180 lab restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Rocha violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

Ettore Andrew Visco was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.  Visco pleaded to an information filed by the State on July 18, 2017, and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Visco, 29 from Watauga, Texas, was arrested by Mays in Donley County for the offense that took place on November 3, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Visco was required to pay an upfront fine of $4,000 to Donley County, $458 in court costs, $180 lab restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Visco violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

Sahid Hiram Purentes was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.  Puentes pleaded to an information filed by the State on January 18, 2017 and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Puentes, 31 from Houston, was arrested in Donley County by DPS Trooper Kendall Styles for the offense that took place on November 1, 2016.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Puentes was required to pay an upfront fine of $4,000 to Donley County, $458 in court costs, $180 lab restitution, and complete 100 hours of community service. If Puentes violates probation, he could face up to one year in the Donley County Jail.

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