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Court with Judge Ridley

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

Kristopher Nowakowski of Fairfield, who has been free on a $35,000 bond, agreed to a plea bargain in his case. Nowakowski plead guilty to the charge of Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle and was sentenced to 5 years probation and is required to pay a fine of $2,500 plus other fines and must complete an alcohol/drug treatment program. The attorney representing Nowakowski was Mel Koehler.

The case against Luis Efrain Torres-Almaraz of Madisonville was set as the first case for trial on April 9th. Almaraz is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. The attorney for Almaraz, who is free on a $3,000 bond, is Joel Hardy.

Chris Martin, the attorney for Jeremiah Justin Garrison, asked the judge to order a competency evaluation for his client who is currently being held in the Leon County Jail. The judge agreed. Garrison is charged with Aggravated Robbery.

The cases against Darren Emanuel and Terrance Rashard Warren, both of Oakwood, were dismissed. Emanuel and Warren were charged with Burglary of a Building and have been free on bond. The attorney representing Emanuel and Warren was John Bankhead.

Monica D. Royer of Jewett who has been free on a $25,000 bond was taken into custody because the terms her probation had been modified. Royer, who is charged in Leon County with Possession of a Controlled Substance, will be transferred to the Jefferson County Women?s Center. The attorney for Royer was Kelly Weeks.

Jose Raul Reyna of Plano was is court for a pre-trial in his case. Reyna is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The attorney for Reyna, Chris Martin, said that Reyna was considering an offer from the state for a plea agreement. Reyna remains free on a bond of $7,500.

A motion in the case of Terrell Henry Buckner of Mexia, charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury / Family Member, was reset. Buckner, who is free on a $20,000 in this case, has been charged in another county. The attorney for Buckner is Chris Martin.

The motion in the case of Billy Jack Petre of Jacksboro was also reset. Petre, charged with Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle in Leon County, is facing outstanding charges in another county. The attorney for Petre is Daniel Burkeen.