Childress, Memphis men sent to prison in separate cases

Special to The Sun—

CLARENDON – Six men entered pleas in the 100th Judicial District Court via the internet-based meeting app Zoom, with the Court sitting in Donley County on Aug. 19.

District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District Luke Inman along with Assistant DA Harley Caudle prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

James Lopez, 26, of Memphis, was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division for burglary of a habitation. The offense, a second-degree felony, took place on Nov. 27, 2018.

Following his arrest for the crime, Lopez was initially placed on probation for six years on May 12. Lopez made it 15 days on probation before committing a new crime, burglary of a building, on May 28. Immediately thereafter, the State filed a motion for Lopez’s probation to be revoked. At the hearing, Lopez admitted he committed a new crime, and Messer convicted Lopez of the felony offense and sentenced him to 10 years.

Childress resident Kenneth Prentice, 27, was sentenced to prison for six and a half years for the third-degree felony of debit card abuse against the elderly. Prentice committed the crime on Oct. 28, 2018.

On Aug. 19, 2019, Prentice pleaded guilty and was placed on probation for four years. On March 16, the State sought to have Prentice’s probation revoked when it was discovered he had failed to comply with numerous probation requirements. To avoid a contested revocation hearing and possible lengthier prison sentence, Prentice pleaded true to the State’s allegations of the probation violations and was sentenced to six and a half years.

James Chad Box, 44, of Amarillo, pleaded true to violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to five years in the Texas prison system. The Court originally placed Box on probation for four years for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity on March 18, 2019.

The criminal conduct underlying the charge was a scheme in which Box, along with two other individuals, broke into residents’ vehicles in Carson County to steal wallets, purses and other personal items. Box was on probation for a little over one year when the State filed to have his probation revoked on July 1.

The basis of the State’s revocation motion was five violations of the terms of Box’s probation. Box admitted his violations, leading Messer to convict him of the charge and order the five-year prison sentence.

Ryan Smith, 41 from Missouri, was placed on three years’ probation for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Smith was arrested in Carson County on July 16 in possession of less than one gram of tetrahydrocannabinol at the time.

According to the terms of the plea-bargaining agreement, Smith was sentenced to the probation term, as well as ordered to pay a $2,500 fine to Carson County, $180 in restitution, $340 in court costs and a $500 fee to transfer his probation to Missouri. If his probation is revoked, Smith faces up to two years in prison.

A California man, Byron Cobb, 55, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation for the Class A misdemeanor offense of possession of marihuana. Cobb was arrested in Carson County for the crime on May 22, 2019. In addition to the probation period, Cobb was also ordered to pay an upfront $4,000 fine to Carson County, $180 in restitution, $340 court costs and complete 100 hours of community service. If Cobb violates the terms of his probation, he could be sentenced to up to one year in the Carson County Jail.

Calvin Peter Holland, 46, of Houston, was convicted of unlawfully carrying a weapon and sentenced to one day in the Childress County Jail, with credit time served. Holland also was ordered to pay an upfront fine of $4,000 and $374 in court costs.

Holland was arrested for the crime in Childress County on Nov. 21, 2019, by DPS Trooper Chad Baize and was indicted by the Childress County Grand Jury on June 24.

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