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Special to The Sun—
MEMPHIS – A Childress woman was sentenced
to 18 months in prison and two men were
placed on probation Sept. 23, in the 100th Judicial
District Court in Hall County.
Angela Lee McClendon, 44, was sentenced
to state jail for fraudulent use or possession of
identifying information. The offense, a state jail
felony, took place on June 16, 2019. Following
her arrest for the crime, McClendon was initially
placed on probation for three years on Oct. 25,
2019. On August 3, the State filed documents
alleging McClendon had violated four conditions
of her terms of probation.
At the hearing on Wednesday, McClendon
denied to the Court that she had violated her
probation terms. The State then called McClendon’s
probation officer, Meghan Gribble, to the
witness stand, where she testified to the facts and
circumstances surrounding McClendon’s violations.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the Honorable
Judge Stuart Messer determined McClendon
violated the probation conditions and sentenced
her to the 18-month prison term.
Rino Rey Acosta, 26, from Memphis, was
placed on four years probation in two separate
cases for first-degree felony offenses of burglary
of a habitation. Childress Police Officer James
Palmitier arrested Acosta for the two crimes on
March 6, 2020.
Acosta also was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine
to Childress County, $680 in total court costs
and complete 400 hours of community service.
If his probations are revoked, Acosta faces up to
99 years or life in prison in each case. Notably,
while the probation terms will run at the same
time, Messer could order any prison sentences to
be served consecutively if Acosta is found to have
violated the terms of probation anytime during
the next four years.
Luis Junior Villanueva, 26, from Memphis,
was placed on three years probation for the thirddegree
felony offense of injury to a disabled individual.
Former Hall County Deputy Steve Bartley
arrested Villanueva on June 1.
Villanueva also was ordered to pay a $500 fine
to Hall County, $312 in court costs and complete
200 hours of community service. If his probation
is revoked, Villanueva faces up to 10 years in
Luke Inman, District Attorney for the 100th
Judicial District, along with Assistant District
Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the cases for
the State of Texas, with Messer presiding.