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Assault and Battery Law
 
STATE OF MISSOURI vs. JOHN H. HARRIS II Sex Offender

Appellant was charged as a prior offender with one count of first-degree child
molestation and one count of first-degree statutory sodomy resulting from incidents in August
1 All subsequent statutory citations are to RSMo (Cum. Supp. 2012), unless otherwise indicated.
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2014 and October 2014. His jury trial commenced on March 2... More...
   $0 (04-28-2017 - MO)

MARVIN A. STANTON V. STATE OF ARKANSAS

On September 25, 2015, Stanton and the victim, Jesse Hamilton, confronted each
other at a Raceway gas station in Texarkana, Arkansas. While the testimony of the State’s
witnesses differed significantly from Stanton’s testimony regarding the circumstances, the
parties agree that the confrontation escalated into a fight that ended when Stanton shot
Hamilton with a handgun, causin... More...
   $0 (04-28-2017 - AR)

ROBERT SANDRELLI v. STATE OF ARKANSAS Sex Offender

This appeal returns to us after we remanded for the circuit court to hold a hearing
on two of Robert Sandrelli's claims for ineffective assistance of counsel. After holding the
hearing, the court denied relief on both grounds.
.We
affirm the circuit court's judgment.
Robert Sandrelli was charged with four counts of rape. The victim was Sandrelli's
fourteen-year-old son. A... More...
   $0 (04-28-2017 - AR)

STATE OF LOUISIANA v. TOMMY L. MOUTON Sex Offender

On March 20, 2015, the State charged defendant by bill of information with
one count of failure to register as a sex offender, second offense, in violation of La.
R.S. 15:542. On March 23, 2015, the district court arraigned defendant on this
charge, and defendant entered a plea of not guilty. Following a jury trial, the jury
rendered a unanimous verdict of guilty on March 24,... More...
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STATE OF LOUISIANA V. JERRAN DIGGS ET AL Alleged Gremlins member extradited to Louisiana

Jerran Diggs, Gene Williams, III, Gregory Bessard, Travis Cooper, Kirkland Demouchet, Roland Bernard III, Johnathon Landry, and Cody Guidry are some of the Defendants who were indicted in this matter on December 21, 2015. The 18-page indictment charged Defendants and others with violations of the Louisiana Racketeering Act, La.R.S. 15:1351 et seq., and with participation in a street gang, a violat... More...   $0 (04-28-2017 - LA)

Jane Doe v. Jonathan Padilla and Holiday Inn Express

Bakersfield, CA - Jury Awards Motel Guest $3.5 Million

Jane Doe sued Jonathan Padilla and Holiday Inn Express civil sexual assault and premises liability theories respectively claiming to have been injured and/or damaged as a direct result of having been sexually assaulted by Padilla will a guest at the hotel in Frazier Park in 2014.

Padilla gained access to the woman's room by ... More...
   $0 (04-28-2017 - CA)

Dustin Vanhalst v. The State of Texas Jury convicts Dustin Lynn Vanhalst of murder

Dustin Vanhalst was convicted of murdering Jay Clements and was sentenced to serve
forty-seven years’ confinement in prison. On appeal, Vanhalst contends that the State’s witness,
Justin Deen, was an accomplice and that there was insufficient evidence to corroborate Deen’s
testimony as required by Article 38.14 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. The trial court
instruct... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

JOHN ROBERT PHELPS V. THE STATE OF TEXAS Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

After a jury heard evidence that John Robert Phelps engaged in sexual intercourse with his
nineteen-year-old biological daughter, they convicted him of prohibited sexual conduct.1 In
accordance with the jury’s verdict, the trial court sentenced Phelps to twenty years’ imprisonment,
ordered him to pay a $10,000.00 fine, and also ordered him to pay $400.00 for his court-appointed More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

VANESSA DENISE THOMAS V. THE STATE OF TEXAS Sex Offender

Vanessa Denise Thomas appeals her conviction, following the adjudication of her guilt,
for aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than fourteen years. The trial court assessed
punishment at thirteen years’ imprisonment. On appeal, appellant’s attorney filed a brief in
which he concludes the appeal is wholly frivolous and without merit. The brief meets the
requirements ... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

Benito Pena Jr. v. The State of Texas Sex Offender

The complainant, MC, was 16 years old when her mother began a relationship with
appellant in late 2013. Soon thereafter appellant and Mother began living together in Mother’s
mother’s (Grandmother’s) house. Grandmother did not approve of the way in which appellant
behaved toward Mother, which Grandmother characterized as physical, verbal, and emotional
abuse. Grandmother asked ... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

Winston Riden v. The State of Texas “Evening Burglar” Linked To Hundreds Of Burglaries Over Past Decade

As Detective Matthew Herbert of the Dallas Police Department was investigating a
burglary in 2015, he noted some unique methods used in the commission of the crime. So, he
decided to confer with a colleague, Detective David Baker, about what he found. In the course
of their discussion, Detective Herbert “shared the particular modes or factors that were in this
particular burg... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

Karease Latoya Peterson V. THE STATE OF TEXAS Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

Appellant’s live-in boyfriend, Matthew Jones, was charged with and pleaded guilty to
continuous sexual assault of appellant’s daughter G.P. Jones impregnated G.P. twice. G.P. was
13 years of age the first time and the record does not indicate her age at the second pregnancy.
G.P. received no prenatal care and the first child died within five days of birth. Appellant knew
of... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

DAMOND DEAN V. THE STATE OF TEXAS Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

Dean was indicted for sexual assault of a child younger than seventeen years of age. See
TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.011(a)(2), (c)(1) (West 2011). After Dean was indicted, the State
filed a special plea of enhancement, alleging that Dean had a prior conviction. On the first day
of trial, before voir dire, the State filed an amended special plea of enhancement, alleging an
add... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Joseph Karr v. State of Texas Boyfriend arrested for stabbing Southwest flight attendant Kelly Turner

In October of 2014, Karr and his girlfriend, Kelly Turner, traveled from California
to Austin, Texas. The couple had been dating since June of 2014, and the trip to Austin was intended
to allow Karr to meet many of Turner’s friends and family for the first time. On October 31, Turner
and Karr went out to dinner with some of Turner’s friends, including Jancy Darling and her
boyfri... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Shane Fuller v. The State of Texas TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

Fuller was in a romantic relationship with the complainant, Debra Garrison, with
whom he had a child. On August 31, 2014, Fuller entered Garrison’s motor home in an angry state
and began yelling at her. He made statements regarding how she “wasn’t going to leave him” and
that they “weren’t going to separate.” The argument escalated, and Fuller grabbed Garrison, pushed
her to the... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Roderick Price v. The State of Texas TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

In the early morning hours of May 30, 2017, appellant stole money during a “snatch
and grab” on the cash register of a Walgreens in Austin. The night shift clerk was injured during the
incident when appellant pushed him to get to the cash drawer and during the subsequent struggle
over the cash drawer. After appellant overcame the clerk’s resistance and took the money, he ran
out ... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Eric Wayne Donaldson

On March 5, 2014, a Hays County grand jury indicted Donaldson in cause number
CR-14-0122 for two offenses: credit card abuse committed against an elderly individual, see Tex.
Penal Code § 32.31(b), (d), and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information of less than
five items committed against an elderly individual, see id. § 32.51(b)(1), (c)(1), (c-1)(1).
On November 5,... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Oscar Minjare Sanchez, Jr. v. The State of Texas MAN CHARGED IN ALLEGED HIT-AND-RUN THAT INJURED HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DEPUTY

Appellant was tried for the offense of failing to stop and render aid to
complainant, Gaisile Goudeau, after an accident that occurred while Goudeau, a
lieutenant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), was involved in an
unrelated police pursuit. As the officers engaged in pursuit of the unrelated
suspect, appellant was driving his Ford F-250 home from a night out with... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - TX)

LAMOND JAMES FRANK V. THE STATE OF TEXAS Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

At appellant’s trial for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft,
the complainant, Nicole Griffiths, testified regarding the events of the day the
offense occurred. She testified that she left work around 3:00 p.m. and returned to
the apartment that she and her roommate, Kevin Harvey, leased together. As she
sat down at her table, she noticed that her patio door wa... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - TX)

REFUGIO RICON HERNANDEZ V. THE STATE OF TEXAS In The Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

Appellant Refugio Ricon Hernandez, also known as “Chon,” attended a party
at the home of his cousin, Natividad. Several other family members and friends also
came to the house for the party. The adults drank beer and alcohol outside the house,
while Natividad’s children remained inside. Eventually, Natividad put his children
to bed, and the adults continued drinking and watchin... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - TX)

Christopher Ernest Braughton v. The State of Texas

Emmanuel Dominguez, the complainant, was a United States Marine,
preparing to leave the Marine Corps and using up his vacation time until his
discharge. In early May 2013, Dominguez moved to Spring, Texas and rented a
house with his girlfriend, Jessica Cavender, who was also a United States Marine
and had recently been assigned as a recruiter in Conroe, Texas. Their house was o... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - TX)

STATE OF KANSAS v. WALTER C. GRADY

On December 3, 2003, following a jury trial, Grady was convicted of one count of rape, two alternative counts of aggravated burglary, one count of attempted robbery, and one count of aggravated sexual battery. The presentence investigation (PSI) report indicated that Grady had a criminal history score of B based in part on two Kansas burglary convictions that were scored as person felonies and a 1... More...   $0 (04-25-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. KENNETH FREDERICK RILEY

In January 2013, Riley pled no contest to one count of solicitation of arson, a severity level 9 person felony. Riley's criminal history was scored an A, based in part upon a juvenile adjudication which occurred prior to the enactment of the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA). Given Riley's crime and criminal history score, his presumptive sentence was 15 to 17 months in prison. Before the di... More...   $0 (04-25-2017 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. MICHAEL N. TISDALE

On November 1, 2012, Tisdale pled guilty to one count of aggravated assault, a severity level 7 person felony in case 12 CR 1952. The district court sentenced him to 25 months' probation with an underlying sentence of 21 months' imprisonment.
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On May 2, 2013, the State filed a warrant alleging Tisdale had violated his probation by testing positive for alcohol and admitting ... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - KS)

JOSEPH C. JONES v. STATE OF KANSAS Sex Offender

In State v. Jones, 295 Kan. 1050, 288 P.3d 140 (2012), the Kansas Supreme Court stated the facts in Jones' underlying criminal case as follows:

"Jones was employed as a live-in farmhand at a stable where H.F. and other children volunteered to work in exchange for free horseback rides. On October 16, 2005, Jones called H.F., asking if she could come to work. When she arrived at the st... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - KS)

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