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Court with Judge Ridley

Leon County District Court was held Wednesday, January 31st, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Hal Ridley presided over a full docket. There to represent the interest of the state were Leon District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

Sentencings

Amy Lynn Laird-Whyte of Jewett plead guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. In exchange for the plea, Laird-Whyte was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication and must pay court costs and a $1,500 fine plus $50 to Crime Stoppers. In addition to these requirements, Laird-Whyte must also testify in the case against her co-defendant. The attorney for Laird-Whyte was Richard Price.

Ian Zachariah Stewart of Seabrook plead guilty to the charge of Delivery of Marihuana to a Minor. Stewart received a sentence of 5 years deferred adjudication and must pay a $1,600 fine plus court costs and $50 to Crime Stoppers. The attorney for Stewart was Richard Price.

Rueben Paul Watley, Jr., currently held in the county jail, plead guilty to Forgery of a Financial Instrument. Watley had been on probation, but was back in court on allegations that he violated the probation. Watley plead guilty to the violation which revoked his probation. Watley was sentenced to 9 months in the TDCJ. The attorney for Watley was Michelle Latray.

A Motion to Reduce was heard by the judge in the case against Mark Lee Rich. Rich entered a guilty plea to the charge of Terrorist Threat of a Public Servant which was a lesser charge than the original. Rich was sentenced to 1 year probation and must pay court costs, a fine of $2,000, and $50 to Crime Stoppers, and,$50 to Victims? Services. The attorney for Rich was Bill Bennett.

Jaime Garcia, who has been held in the county jail, plead guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Garcia was sentenced to 180 days in the TDCJ and must pay court costs and fines. Garcia, who will be given credit for time already served, was warned by the judge that since Garcia is not a United States citizen, Garcia could be deported after his sentence is completed.

Arraignments

Steven Haskell Young, of Buffalo, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Sexual Assault of a Child. Young, who is out on a bail of $7,500, is represented in the proceedings against him by Attorney Stanley Sokolowski.

Katerina Marie Kelly of Buffalo, plead not guilty to a charge of Burglary of a Habitation. Kelly is currently free on a $7,500 bond. The attorney for Kelly is Joel Hardy.

Katelyn Joann Kuykendall of Corsicana plead not guilty to two charges of Burglary of a Habitation. Kuykendall is free on two bonds of $25,000 each. The attorney for Kuykendall is Stanley Sokolowski.

Allison Raelynn Moore of Corsicana plead not guilty to two charges of Burglary of a Habitation. Moore is free on two bonds of $7,500 each. The attorney for Moore is Chris Martin.

Wilmer Marcelle Lee, III., of Jewett plead not guilty to Driving While Intoxicated With a Child Under the Age of 15.

Robert Anthony Alaniz of Oakwood entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Alaniz is free on a $2,500 bond. Alaniz did not have an attorney in court but said that he would hire one before his next court appearance set for next month.

Sean Raynard Crawford of Palestine entered a not guilty plea to the charge of Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence. Crawford is currently free on a $7,000 bond. The attorney for Crwaford, Hutton Ask, was not in court because he was held up in another court in another proceeding.

Laura Beth Cole plead not guilty to a charge of Possession. Cole is currently being held in the county jail. The judge appointed Attorney John Bankhead to represent Cole.

Other proceedings

A hearing for a Motion to Revoke in the case of Shahzad Yousaf was reset for February. Yousaf is charged with Driving While Intocicated with a Child Under the Age of 15. Yousaf is free on a $15,000 bond; his attorney is Joel Hardy.

A Motion to Suppress in the case against Stephanie Anne McKnight of Marquez was scheduled to be heard in March. McKnight, who is free on a $25,000 bond, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for McKnight is William Carter.

David Thomas Blackmon of Oakwood failed to appear in court. Blackmon is facing charges of Injury to a Child with Intentions of Bodily Injury and Assault Family / Household Member with a Previous Conviction. Blackmon was free on bonds totally $12,500, but the judge revoked the bonds and issued an arrest warrant for Blackmon and posted new bonds of $35,000 for each charge. The attorney for Blakmon is Jeffrey Coe.

Crystal Marie May of Buffalo was in court for a pre-trial in her case, but her attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, was not present. May is charged with Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence and with Manufacturing / Delivering of a Controlled Substance. May is free on bonds totaling $23,500. The hearing was reset for February.

Nevin Douglas Williams of Buffalo failed to appear. The judge revoked Williams? bond of $5,000 and reset a new bond for $15,000. Williams is charged Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Williams is Stanley Sokolowski.

A Motion to Suppress in the case against Tracy Earl Bowen of Montgomery was set for February 28th. Bowen, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, is free on a $7,000 bond. The attorney for Bowen is John Bankhead.