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Court with Judge Ridley

Leon County District Court was held Wednesday, February 27th, in Centerville. The Honorable District Judge Hal Ridley presided. Present to represent the state were Leon District Attorney Hope Knight and Assistant District Attorney Keith Cook.

Sentences

Patrick Luigi Baynes, Jr., accepted a plea bargain in his case rather than having a trial. Baynes plead guilty to the charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intention to Deliver, Enhanced. Judge Ridley sentenced Baynes to serve 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Jail (TDCJ) and pay a Restitution fee to the Department of Public Safety Lab in the amount of $180. Baynes, who has been held in the Leon County Jail, was represented in court by Attorney Stanley Sokolowski.

Rudolf Sascha Weis of Copperas Cove plead guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Weis was sentenced to 8 years Deferred Adjudication and required to pay a fine of $2,500, Restitution to DPS Lab for $180, plus fines to Crime Stoppers. Weis must also complete 225 hours of Community Service and attend a Drug Offender Education Course. The attorney for Weis was Chris Martin.

Jared Mitchell Overbeck plead guilty to the charge of Unauthorized Absence from a Community Correction Facility. Overbeck was sentenced to 5 years Deferred Adjudication and is required to pay a $1,500 fine and other fees. Overbeck must also complete 250 hours of Community Service, complete a Life Skills Course, and serve 30 days in the Leon County Jail. The attorney for Overbeck was Michelle LaTray.

James Seth Ogle, who has been confined to the county jail, plead guilty to the charge of Tampering/Fabricating Physical Evidence with the Intent to Impair. In exchange for the guilty plea, Ogle received a sentence of 5 years in TDCJ. The attorney representing Ogle was Chris Grier.

Amber Lynn Roach of Mexia, who has been confined in the Limestone County Jail, plead guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Roach was sentence to 2 years in TDCJ. The attorney for Roach was Daniel Burkeen.

Darin Bleu Baber of Midway, plead guilty to Burglary of a Building. Baber received a sentence of 2 years in TDCJ, probated for 5 years with a fine of $1,000. Baber must also pay $190 in Restitution plus other fees. Baber will be required to complete 125 hours of Community Service and complete a course on Theft Intervention. Baber must write an apology letter and adhere to a curfew of 9pm to 6am. Also, Baber was ordered not to go into, or to do business with, any pawnshops. The attorney for Baber was Michelle LaTray.

In the case of Richard Claude, McCormick, Jr., the judge heard a Motion to Revoke Probation. Judge Ridley ruled that the terms of the probation had been violated and extended McCormick?s probation period by 6 months. McCormick must also serve 30 days in the Leon County Jail and complete an additional 40 hours of Community Service. The attorney for McCormick was Kelly Weeks.

Trials

The case against Leslie Bruce Grantland of Buffalo was set as the first case for the next trial date. Grantland, who has been confined to the county jail, is charged with Theft of Property and with Burglary of a Habitation. The attorney representing Grantland is John Bankhead.

Trial was also set for Santiago Castaneda-Aguilar of Mesquite who is charged with Driving While Intoxicated, 3rd or More. The attorney for Aguilar is Stanley Sokolowski.

And a date was set for Charles William McMahan, Jr., of Richmond. McMahan, who is free on a $30,000 bond, is charged with Driving While Intoxicated with a Child. The attorney for McMahan is John Bankhead.

Other Proceedings

The case against Darren Emanuel of Oakwood was reset for March 27th. Emanuel is charged with Burglary of a Building. The attorney for Emanuel is John Bankhead.

Terrance Rashard Warren?s case was also reset for March 27th. Warren, who is from Oakwood, is charged with Burglary of a Building. The attorney for Warren is John Bankhead.

Kristopher D. Nowakowski?s case was reset for March. Nowakowski, who is from Fairfield, is charged with Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle. The attorney for Nowakowski is Mel Koehler.

Christopher Shawn Boles of Centerville failed to appear in court for arraignment on a charge of Forgery of Financial Instrument.

Eden Victoria Orndorff of Centerville was arraigned on a charge of Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle. The attorney for Orndorff, who is free on a $10,000 bond, is William Bennett. Bennett entered a not guilty plea for his client.