BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER–115th District Judge Dean Fowler sentenced nine defendants on felony charges and one for a misdemeanor offense between Jan. 22 and 29, said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.
Details of the felony sentencings were as follows, and all defendants pleaded guilty unless otherwise indicated, Byrd’s office said:
In a case involving revocation of probation on Jan. 29, April Michelle Gordon, 40, of Gladewater, admitted violating terms of it, but unsuccessfully contested her sentence of 20 months in state jail for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver–less than one gram of methamphetamine.
Byrd, whose first assistant district attorney, Sarah Lyn Cooper, represented the state in the revocation,.said he thought Gordon wanted either a sentence “on the very low end of the punishment range” or to be discharged from probation altogether, and thus go home.
Gladewater police probed Gordon’s Aug. 14, 2014 offense. Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented her.
Gladewater resident Ashley Danay Stanley, who turned 32 eight days after her Jan. 23 sentencing, received 22 months in state jail for burglary of a building. While she pled guilty, a hearing was held on her punishment as no plea bargain had been reached..
Gladewater police investigated her Feb. 20, 2018 crime. Byrd represented the state at sentencing; Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Stanley.
Tyler Scott Wallace, 24, of Ore City, was placed on three years “deferred adjudication” probation Jan. 22 for burglary of a building.
Ore City police probed the Aug. 20, 2018 offense.
“Deferred adjudication” means no final conviction appears on a defendant’s record if he/she successfully completes probation. However, if such probation is revoked, up to the maximum sentence for the crime can be imposed.
As were all other defendants placed on probation between Jan. 22 and 29, Wallace was ordered to pay court costs, a $50 fee to Crimestoppers and $100 to the crime victim fund.
Some other terms of his probation included a $600 fine, attorney’s fee, 100 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation, anger management training, life skills training and classes for theft defendants.
Assistant District Attorney Catherine McQueen represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Craig Bass represented Wallace.
As detailed elsewhere in today’s edition, Misti Eve Wooten, 42, of Gilmer, drew 50 years in prison, and was fined $2,000, Jan. 23 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver–four grams or more but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine. She had pled guilty the prior week and chose to have Fowler assess sentencing.
Royal Micheal Kirkwood Jr., 46, of Lone Star, was placed on three years deferred adjudication probation Jan. 29 for possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine.
Ore City police investigated the Oct. 16, 2017 offense. Some terms of Kirkwood’s probation included a $1,000 fine, $180 fee to the Texas Department of Public Safety for testing the drug in the case, 400 hours of community service, counseling as needed, an alcohol/drug evaluation, counseling for drug offenders and life skills training.
Byrd represented the prosecution at sentencing. Gilmer atttorney David Griffith represented Kirkwood.
Gilmer resident Michael Elwyn Harvey, who turns 42 Sunday, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation Jan. 29 for burglary of a habitation.
The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office probed Harvey’s Dec. 15, 2017 crime. Some terms of his probation include a $500 fine, 300 hours of community service, an alcohol/drug evaluation, life skills training and classes for theft defendants.
Byrd and Winn handled the sentencing.
Kaylile Joe Roberts, 22, of Gilmer, was placed on six years regular probation of a 10-year prison term Jan. 29 for assault/family violence with previous conviction.
Gilmer police investigated his Aug. 14, 2018 offense. Some terms of probation include a $1,500 fine, a $100 donation to the Women’s Center of East Texas, an attorney fee, 400 hours of community service, a parenting class, entering a batterer’s intervention prevention program and having no contact with the victim except as provided in any court order.
Assistant District Attorney Rebecca J. Ojeman represented the state at sentencing. Marshall attorney Brendan Roth represented Roberts.
Courtney Sahara McCellon, 28, of Ore City, was placed on three concurrent terms–each of five years regular probation of two-year state jail terms–Jan. 29 on three counts of driving while intoxicated with child passenger. The DPS investigated her July 3, 2018 offenses.
Some terms of her probation include a $500 fine, an attorney fee, a $60 fee to the DPS for a blood test, 400 hours of commuity service, attending a DWI repeat offender school, outpatient counseling, an alcohol/drug evaluation, counseling for drug offenders, life skills trainining, outpatient counseling thorugh the probation department for a minimum of six months and attending a victim impact panel class.
Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Longview attorney Bryan Owens represented McCellon.
As detailed elsewhere in today’s edition, James Curtis Thompson, 49, of Avinger, received 20 years in prison Jan. 29 for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver–four grams or more but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine.
In the misdemeanor case, said Byrd’s office, a 29-year-old Gilmer woman drew 90 days in county jail Jan. 29 upon pleading guilty to attempted possession of a controlled substance–less than one gram of methamphetamine.