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Court with Judge Evans

District Court was held in Centerville, Friday, December 21st in the Courtroom. The Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided over a long docket. Present to represent the state were Leon District Attorney Hope Knight, Assistant D.A. Keith Cook, and County Attorney Caleb Henson.

Sentencing:

Thomas Joseph Nitschmann, who has been held in the Leon County Jail, plead guilty to charges that he has violated his probation. Nitschmann had been free on probation after he plead guilty to a charge of Burglary of a Habitation in August. Nitschmann failed to perform required community service hours and failed to pay the fines imposed. Nitschmann was sentenced to 2 years in the TCDJ. The attorney for Nitschmann was Kelly Weeks.

Mohammad Ismail Al-Rubaii changed his plea to guilty on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Al-Rubaii was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication and must pay fines and court costs and complete community service hours. Kelly Weeks was the attorney for Al-Rubaii.

Augusto Joel Castillo Flores, currently housed in the county jail, plead guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance. Flores, who said he was not a citizen of the United States, was sentenced to 12 years in TCDJ. The attorney for Flores was John Bankhead.

Austin Wayne Hewitt plead guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication. Hewitt must also pay court costs and fines. The attorney for Hewitt was Stephen Reed.

Colton Lawrence Stancik plead guilty to a charge of Theft of Less than 10 Head of Livestock and received a sentence of 3 years deferred adjudication. Stancik must also pay fines and restitution and serve community service hours. Stancik is also requried to write a letter of apology.

Judge Evans questioned the allowance of Stancik to check in with his probation supervisor by mail. The attorney?s explained this arrangement was made to accommodate Stancik?s work with the American Corps of Engineers. Stancik paid the amount he owed in restitution, over $5,000, while in front of the judge. The attorney for Stancik was Jodi Kauachi.

Roderick Jermaine Lewis, who has been held in the county jail, plead guilty to three charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Evading Arrest/Detention with a Previous Conviction, and Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence. Lewis was sentenced to 8 years in TDCJ with credit for time served. The sentence will be served congruent with a sentence imposed in another county. The attorney for Lewis was Michelle Latray.

Lance Scott Zerger plead guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Zerger was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication and must pay court cost, a fine of $7,500, and other fines. Zerger must also complete 300 hours of community service. The attorney in the case was Jed Silverman.

Gerald Lee Grissett of Buffalo plead guilty to a charge of Aggravated Assault with Bodily Injury. Grissett was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and is required to pay a $10,000 fine plus other charges. Grissett is also required to apologize in person to the victim, perform 250 hours of community service, and undergo psychological treatment. The attorney for Grissett was William Carter.

After the sentencing was read, Grissett sat at the council table and listened while the victim in the case read a powerful and heartfelt impact statement.

Arraignments:

Carter Doyle O?Brien plead not guilty to Criminal Mischief in regard to property of the Buffalo School District. The attorney for O?Brien is William Bennett, Jr.

Ricardo Antonio Santos plead not guilty to a charge of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd, or More. Santos, who is being held in the county jail, is represented in court by Attorney Daniel Burkeen.

David Glen Crow, who is currently in the county jail, plead not true to Motion to Revoke / Adjudicate. The attorney for Crow is John Bankhead.

Justin Robert Jacobs entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Criminal Mischief. Jacobs, who is currently housed in the county jail, is represented in court by Attorney Richard Price.

J?son Antonio Kilgore entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Kilgore is Hutton Ask.

Other Proceedings:

Jonathan Henderson failed to appear in court for a hearing on allegations that he has violated his Bond provisions. Henderson is charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. The attorney for Henderson is Stanley Sokolowski.

Bryan Keith Alfred was in court for a pretrial in his case. Alfred is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. No plea offer has been made from the state in this case. The next court date for Alfred is January 18th. The attorney for Alfred is Shane Phelps.

Nacombi Aftri Darton, who has been held in the county jail, was in court for a status hearing in his case. Darton is charged with Prostitution Solicitation of a Person Under the Age of 18. Darton?s attorney, John Bankhead, requested that a doctor evaluate Darton.

Kelingo Haven, Jr., of Buffalo, who is being held in the county jail, was in court on a request for bond reduction. Haven is charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child Continuous, Victim Under the Age of 14, and with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Currently the bond for Haven is set at $200,000.

The attorney for Haven, William Carter, called Haven?s mother to testify that she would be able to afford the bond if it were reduced to $25,000 for each charge. Carter cited that Haven had never failed to appear in court and that all his family live in Leon County. The judge declined to reduce the bond for Haven.

Jacob Glenn Curry, who is housed in the county jail, was in court for a pretrial hearing in his case. Curry is charged with 2 counts of Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact, and with Sex Abuse of a Child Continuous: Victim Under the Age of 14. No motions were made. Curry is represented by Attorney Christopher Greir.

The case against Christina Campos was reset for January 18th. Campos is charged with 6 counts of Theft of a Firearm and 1 count of Theft of Property. The attorney for Campos is Allen Tanner.

The case against Ronnie Ray Campos was also reset for January. Campos is also charged with 6 counts of Theft of a Firearm and 1 count of Theft of Property. The attorney for R. Campos is John Keirnan.