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UPSHUR COUNTY SENTENCES HANDED DOWN; GLADEWATER MAN GETS PROBATION

BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

 

GILMER--115th District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced 24 persons on felony charges and three for misdemeanor crimes between June 30 and Thursday, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Details of the sentencings were as follows, the office reported: 

Andrew Lowell Crane, 32, of Houston, received concurrent prison terms of 30 years for aggravated kidnapping and 20 years for abandoning or endangering child after pleading guilty to the crimes July 21.

Gilmer police investigated the Nov. 21, 2012 offenses, which involved a vehicle being stolen at a convenience store across from Bruce Junior High School and the child inside the vehicle later being found unharmed by a roadside. Crane had been released from a mental hospital "a few hours prior to this," said Byrd.

Crane must serve at least half the 30-year term before being eligible for parole, the district attorney added.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing and Longview attorney Edward Choy represented Crane. 

William Dale Pullen, 36, of Gladewater, was placed on five years regular probation of a 10-year prison term Thursday upon admitting he had violated a previous "deferred adjudication" probation for the crime of attempted burglary of a habitation.

Under "deferred adjudication," no final conviction appears on a defendant's record if he/she successfully completes probation. The change in probation means Pullen is now a convicted felon.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Office investigated his May 4, 2009 offense. Under his new probation, Pullen must perform 600 hours of community service and make $300 restitution.

Pullen did not commit a new offense, but violated his initial probation in such ways as failing to report to his probation officer, Byrd said.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Tim Cone represented Pullen. 

Brandon Ray Miller, 32, of Big Sandy, was placed on eight years probation of a 10-year prison term July 29 upon pleading guilty to assault against public servant.

The sheriff's office investigated the March 16 offense. Some terms of probation include a $2,000 fine, 600 hours of community service, and receiving instruction in anger management.

Assistant District Attorney Natalie A. Miller represented the state at sentencing. Gladewater attorney Barry Wallace represented Brandon Miller. 

Carl Douglas Parsons, 48, of Big Sandy, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation Thursday upon pleading guilty to deadly conduct.

The sheriff's office investigated the Sept. 14, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include a $2,500 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Byrd represented the state. Gilmer attorney Dwight Brannon represented Parsons. 

Joseph Gene Nehk, 53, of Hawkins, received 10 years probation of a 10-year prison term July 24 upon pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated--subsequent offense.

The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the Nov. 23, 2013 crime. Some terms of probation include a $2,500 fine, 500 hours of community service, and attending a "DWI repeat offender school." 

Assistant District Attorney A. Camille Henson represented the state at sentencing. Attorney Craig Bass represented Nehk.

Celina Kaye Knight McClain, 26, of Gilmer, drew 14 months in state jail for evading arrest/detention with vehicle when her probation for that offense was revoked June 30.

McClain admitted violating terms of probation for the Dec. 1, 2009 offense, which Big Sandy police investigated. Miller represented the state in the revocation while Choy represented McClain.  

Christopher Lee Evans, a Gilmerite who turned 18 on July 9, drew 20 years in prison July 2 when he unsuccessfully contested revocation of his probation on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Evans denied the state's allegation he violated terms of probation for the March 11 offense, which Gilmer police probed. Byrd represented the state in the revocation; Brannon represented Evans.

Karri L. Tyler, 31, of Gilmer, drew concurrent sentences of 5 years probation of a 2-year state jail term July 8 upon pleading guilty to two counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

Gilmer police investigated the Jan. 30 crimes. Some terms of Tyler's probation include a $2,500 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Henson represented the state at sentencing. Attorney Clifford Jessup represented Tyler.

Wesley Lowell Dubose, 22, of Gilmer, drew 18 months in state jail July 21 for possession of a controlled substance--less than one gram of methamphetamine--when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Dubose admitted violating terms of probation for the May 30, 2011 offense, which Gilmer police investigated. Miller represented the state, while Longview attorney Scott Novy represented Dubose.

Steven Chaz Spivey, 25, of Gilmer, drew seven years in prison July 23 upon pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The sheriff's office investigated the July 1, 2011 offense. Miller represented the state; attorney Heath Hyde represented Spivey.

Tyler Shane Davy, 18, of Gilmer, received concurrent prison terms of 10 years for attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child, and four years for assault against public servant upon pleading guilty to both crimes July 23.

Big Sandy police investigated the Sept. 25, 2013 attempted sexual assault, while Gilmer police probed the Aug. 13, 2013 assault on the public servant. Byrd and Brannon handled the sentencing.  

Leann Waunell Ball, 23, of Winnie, was placed on three years "deferred adjudication" probation July 24 upon pleading guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The Texas Department of Public Safety probed the Feb. 27 crime. Some terms of probation include a $1,200 fine and 400 hours of community service. Henson and Bass handled the case.

Wallace Dewayne Payne, 54, of Diana, drew concurrent 6-month state jail terms July 25 upon pleading guilty to attempted assault against public servant and theft of firearm.

The sheriff's office investigated the April 2 attempted assault and March 10 theft. Henson represented the state; Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Payne. 

Dayon Deshean Thomas, 40, of Gilmer, received nine months in state jail July 25 upon pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance--less than one gram of methylenedloxy methamphetamine.

Gilmer police investigated the Feb. 22, 2011 offense. Byrd represented the state, while Longview attorney Steve Kattner represented Thomas. 

Larry Rocky Martin, also known as Larry Rock Duncan, 55, of Kilgore, drew three years in prison July 29 upon pleading guilty to unlawful possession of firearm by felon.

The sheriff's office investigated the Dec. 15, 2010 crime. Byrd and Jessup handled the sentencing.

Jeannie R. Creswell, a Gilmerite who turns 18 Tuesday, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation July 28 upon pleading guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police investigated the June 4 crime. Some terms of probation include 300 hours of community service and receiving weekly counseling.

Byrd represented the state; Longview attorney John Moore represented Creswell.

Stephen S. Sumner, 34, of Blue Ridge, drew four years in prison Tuesday upon pleading guilty to "theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000--repeat offender."

Gilmer police probed the July 29, 2013 crime, which occurred exactly one year before the date of sentencing. Miller and Jessup handled the case. 

Christopher Wade Marshburn, 32, of Avinger, drew 6 months in state jail July 29 upon pleading guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the April 6 offense. Byrd and Jessup handled the sentencing.

Aureliano Perez Aguilar, 32, of Mineola, received 10 years probation of a 10-year prison term July 29 upon pleading guilty to enticing a child.

Some terms of his probation included a $2,500 fine, 400 hours of community service, and attending sex offender classes, although he was not required to register as a sex offender.

The sheriff's office investigated the Nov. 14, 2011 crime. Byrd and Jessup handled the sentencing.   

Paul Everett Sebastian McTyre, 20, of Longview, was placed on four years probation of a 10-year prison term July 29 upon pleading guilty to assault/family violence--occlusion.

Ore City police investigated the Jan. 23 crime. Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine, 400 hours of community service, a $100 donation to the Women's Center of East Texas, and $175 restitution to the victim.

Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Ojeman represented the state. Novy represented McTyre. 

Lindsay Morgan Richardson, 24, of Ore City, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation July 29 upon pleading guilty to burglary of a habitation.

The sheriff's office probed her Nov. 9, 2013 offense. Some terms of probation include a $2,000 fine, 800 hours of community service, and $571.68 restitution to the victim.

Miller and Novy handled the case.  

Amanda Michelle Gore, 32, of Gilmer, drew six months in state jail last Wednesday upon pleading guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

Gilmer police probed the May 22 crime. Byrd represented the state; Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented Gore. 

Randy Lynn Jones, Jr., 38, of Jefferson, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation Thursday upon pleading guilty to possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

The sheriff's office investigated the March 15 crime. Some terms of probation include a $1,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.

Byrd and Novy handled the case.

Jacob Andrew Wade, 24, of Gilmer, drew concurrent sentences Thursday of eight years in prison for "prohibited substances and items in correctional facility," and one year in state jail for possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

His probation on the first charge was revoked after he admitted violating terms of probation. Meantime, he pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense.

The sheriff's office investigated the April 9, 2013 offense involving the correctional facility, while Gilmer police probed the April 26, 2014 drug offense. Byrd and Patton handled the sentencing. 

Details of the misdemeanor cases were as follows, Byrd's office reported:

A 30-year-old Gilmer woman was placed on 18 months "deferred adjudication" probation July 23 upon pleading guilty to attempted possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine.

In a case probed by Gladewater police, a 35-year-old Gilmer man received 18 months probation of a 1-year county jail term Thursday after pleading guilty to assault--family violence.

A 37-year-old Gilmer man drew 240 days in county jail last Wednesday upon pleading guilty to assault causes bodily injury--family violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLADEWATER CITY COUNCIL PLACE 4 LETTERS OF INTEREST

June 18, 2014 edition

Chris Bland picked for Gladewater Council

Chris Bland was selected from a field of eight to fill the Place 4 seat previously held by Gladewater City Councilman Delbert Burlison.
The Gladewater City Council deliberated for about one hour in executive session Thursday night before announcing their choice.
Councilman J.D. Shipp and Mayor Harold Wells thanked all who submitted letters of interest for the unexpired term. The council reviewed letters from Memori Ruesing, Mark Carpenter, Dr. Dennis Robertson, Paul Hall, Winn King and Brent Bailey, as well as Bland's letter.
Bland said he knew he had big shoes to fill, following Councilman Burlison, who passed away in May. Bland was instrumental in getting the $35 million Gladewater ISD bond passed. He is employed at Good Shepherd Administrative Services Organization, where he has been the Safety Manager since 2001.
Read more about the council's selection and the audience's reaction in next week's Gladewater Mirror.

MAN CRUSHED WHILE WORKING ON VEHICLE

A 46-year-old Gladewater man was killed when the flatbed wrecker truck he was working on rolled off ramps and crushed him early Saturday, said Upshur County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter.

Titus Tyrone Prince was installing a muffler on his three-ton rollover wrecker when the accident occurred outside a large metal shop in the 1800 block of Cannon Street, according to information from Potter and Gladewater Police Chief Robert Vine. Emergency medical services personnel pronounced Prince dead at 3:30 a.m., said Potter, who said he also pronounced the victim dead shortly afterward.

The shop's owner tried unsuccessfully to pull Prince from underneath the wrecker before the victim died, said Potter. Jacks were used to extract the body, the judge said.

Police responded to the scene about 3 a.m. after receiving a report of someone being pinned beneath a vehicle, Vine said in a press release. Upon arriving, officers saw the victim pinned under the front suspension area of the wrecker, Vine said.

"When officers were able to reach Prince, he was unresponsive. EMS responded to the scene and could not locate a pulse when a heart monitor was placed on Prince," the chief said.

John Black Jr. of Gladewater told officers Prince had been working on the victim's vehicle when it rolled over him, pinning him underneath, said Vine.

"Black stated Prince had parked the truck on some homemade vehicle ramps at a shop on the property. Prince had been working on his vehicle replacing the exhaust system," the chief said.

Potter said he did not order an autopsy. Prince's body was taken to McCauley and Sons Funeral Home in Gladewater. 

 

July 16, 2014 Gladewater Mirror Front Page

UPSHUR COUNTY GRAND JURY HANDS DOWN 17 INDICTMENTS

The Upshur County Grand Jury on Thursday returned 17 indictments, no-billed two cases, and passed another, said District Attorney Billy Byrd. 

Six of the indictments were sealed because no arrest had been made in those cases, Byrd said in a news release. In addition, two Houston men were indicted on four charges each in cases where they are co-defendants, he reported. 

Bradley Leroy Thompson, 28, and Dale Dewyane Fisher, 35, are co-defendants on three counts of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver (methamphetamine), and one count of unlawful possession of firearm by felon, he said. 

Each remained in county jail under bonds totaling $160,000--$50,000 on each of the drug charges, and $10,000 on the firearm charge, Byrd's office said. The pair is charged with committing the offenses last Dec. 30, the office reported.

Defendants, charges, and bonds in the other unsealed indictments were as follows, Byrd's office said:

Taylor Cash Knight, a 39-year-old Gilmer man, possession of controlled subtance (methamphetamine) on Jan. 29, $10,000 surety bond

 

Laura Jane Peterson, 50, of Gilmer, possession of controlled substance (dihydrocodeinone) on Feb. 4, $3,500 surety bond

Jimmie Wayne Daniels, Jr., who turned 37 Sunday and is from Gilmer, aggravated assault/family violence with deadly weapon on April 17. He remained in county jail under $100,000 bond, Byrd's office said. 

Charges in the sealed indictments included two for forgery (both against the same person), and one each for forgery against elderly individual, aggravated sexual assault of a child, failure to comply with sex offender registration, and bail jumping/failure to appear, the office reported.

No details of the no-billed and passed cases were disclosed.