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United States of America v. Miguel Bonilla

Fort worth, TX - Miguel Bonilla, 36, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 360 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in October 2015 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, since approximately 2014, Bonilla and another co-conspirator supplied multi-ounce ... More...
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United States of America v. Ana Maria Guerra-Sanchez and Florencio Galvan-Musico

Fort Worth, TX - Heroin Traffickers Sentenced

Two individuals, both in the U.S. illegally, have been sentenced for their roles in a heroin distribution conspiracy.

Ana Maria Guerra-Sanchez, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 95 months in federal prison. Last month, co-conspirator Florencio Galvan-Musico, also 23, was sentenced to 90 months in federal pr... More...
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United States of America v. Robie Lynn Sims

Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Woman Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Harboring a Fugitive

A Fort Worth, Texas, woman, Robie Lynn Sims, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 18 months in federal prison for harboring a fugitive, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Sims pleaded guilty in October 2015 to one count of... More...
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United States of America v. Gunner Dell Jenkins, Victor Sanchez and Max Chilson

Dallas, TX - Timeshare Telemarketing Fraudsters Plead Guilty to Federal Charges

Defendants Targeted Individuals Age 55 and Older

Three defendants charged with offenses stemming from their operation of a telemarketing fraud scheme that targeted persons over age 55, have pleaded guilty to their respective roles in the scheme, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern Di... More...
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Frank James Distefano v. The State of Texas

While appellant was attending a party, he asked to speak with K.T., who had just turned ten years old, “about her [belated birthday] present.” K.T.’s mom thought they went into the kitchen. After five to ten minutes, she went to look for them. When she found them, they were in the upstairs bathroom, and appellant had a sleeping mask in his hand. K.T. was afraid and went straight to her mother. K.T... More...   $0 (02-09-2016 - TX)

Joseph Leo Strehl, III v. The State of Texas

Joseph Leo Strehl, III, was convicted by a jury of driving while intoxicated (DWI), third
or more, and was sentenced to eighteen years’ imprisonment. On appeal, Strehl argues that the
trial court erred in overruling his motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of a traffic stop
and that the evidence is insufficient to establish that he was twice previously convicted of DWI,... More...
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Gilbert Guzman v. The State of Texas

Gilbert Guzman was charged by indictment with burglary of a habitation with intent to
commit assault. Following a trial, the jury found appellant guilty of assault, as included in the
indictment. The jury assessed punishment, enhanced by two prior felony convictions, at forty
years’ imprisonment. In two issues on appeal, appellant contends the forty-year sentence is void
bec... More...
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Joe Derek Carr v. The State of Texas

Veronica Navarro, appellant’s 22-year-old fiancée, was last seen alive or heard
from by any witness on June 27, 2011. Her decomposing body was found submerged in Lake Travis
on July 6, 2011, wrapped in a Coleman tent, bound in rope, and secured to cinder blocks and
paint cans. There was no eyewitness testimony regarding how she died and ended up in the lake near
Pace Bend Park.More...
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Fred Robert Schneider v. The State of Texas

The record before us in this case does not contain a certification of appellant
Fred Robert Schneider’s right of appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(d) (“If the defendant is the
appellant, the record must include the trial court’s certification of the defendant’s right of
appeal under Rule 25.2(a)(2).”). The Clerk of this Court has contacted the trial court clerk, who has
informed u... More...
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Ismael Trevino v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted appellant Ismael Trevino of two drug offenses—possession of a
controlled substance, methamphetamine, in an amount of less than one gram and possession of a
controlled substance with intent to deliver, cocaine, in an amount of four grams or more but less than
two hundred grams—both arising out of a traffic stop. See Tex. Health & Safety Code §§ 481.115(a)
(person c... More...
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Travis Lee Lawrence v. The State of Texas

Appellant, Travis Lee Lawrence, proceeding pro se and incarcerated, pleaded
guilty to the reduced second-degree felony offense of robbery—threats, with the
agreed recommendation that he be punished with twenty-five years’ confinement in
the underlying trial court cause number 1452173 on November 2, 2015. See TEX.
PENAL CODE ANN. § 29.02(a)(2), (b) (West Supp. 2015). In that c... More...
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D'Angelo Cordell Middlebrooks v. The State of Texas

Pursuant to an agreement with the State that a pre-sentencing (“PSI”) hearing
be conducted and that punishment be capped at confinement for thirty years,
appellant, D’Angelo Cordell Middlebrooks, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony
offense of aggravated sexual assault. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§
22.021(a)(1)(A)(iii), (2)(A)(ii), (e) (West Supp. 2015). Following... More...
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United States of America v. Muhammad Aijaz Sarfraz

Sherman, TX - Pakistani National Sentenced in International Counterfeit Drug Conspiracy

A 52-year-old man from Karachi, Pakistan man was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Muhammad Aijaz Sarfraz was convicted by a jury on May 14, 2015 of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute controlled substances and international mone... More...
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United States of America v. Fabien C. Fleifel, Bradley James Gomez and Amanda Nadine Rizkallah

Dallas, TX - Timeshare Telemarketing Fraudsters Sentenced

$10 Million Resort Timeshare Telemarketing Fraud Conspiracy Victimized Persons Over Age 55 - Dozens of Victims in Texas and Thousands in the U.S. and Canada

Three defendants convicted for their roles in a resort timeshare telemarketing scheme that victimized at least 5000 individuals, many of whom were over age 55, were s... More...
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Diane Culley v. The State of Texas

Appellant, Diane Culley, attempts to appeal a conviction for forgery. The trial
court has certified that “the defendant has waived the right of appeal.” See TEX. R. APP.
On January 4, 2016, this Court notified appellant’s counsel of the trial court’s
certification and ordered counsel to: (1) review the record; (2) determine whether
appellant has a right to appeal; and (3) for... More...
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The State of Texas v. Michael Maurer

On April 18, 2007, Maurer was charged by information with DWI while having an
open container of beer in his immediate possession, a class B misdemeanor carrying a
minimum punishment of six days’ confinement. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 49.04(a),
(c) (West, Westlaw through 2015 R.S.). The offense was alleged to have occurred on or
about March 10, 2007. The record reflects that... More...
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Anthony Prichinello v. The State of Texas

A San Patricio County grand jury indicted appellant Anthony Prichinello for
continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony. See TEX. PENAL CODE
ANN. § 21.02(b) (West, Westlaw through 2015 R.S.). Prichinello pleaded not guilty, was
tried by a jury, and ultimately found guilty as charged. The jury assessed Prichinello’s
punishment at eighty years’ imprisonment ... More...
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The State of Texas v. Matthew Akin

It is alleged that on June 3, 2014, Akin slapped a disabled resident (“the Resident”)
at the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center where Akin was employed. Matthew
Baird of the Department of Family and Protective Services (“DFPS”) opened an
investigation into the incident. According to Baird’s report on the matter, he conducted
fourteen interviews and reviewed video an... More...
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Eduardo Coronado v. The State of Texas

Appellant, Eduardo Coronado, was convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a
young child or children, a first-degree felony and sentenced to fifty years’ confinement.
See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 21.02(b), (h) (West, Westlaw through 2015 R.S.). By two
issues, appellant contends that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction
and that the punishment assessed was disp... More...
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Juan Medina v. The State of Texas

On August 13, 2013, Medina was arrested for assaulting two police officers,
Edward Soliz and Gilbert Casas, after Medina physically resisted the officers’ efforts to
detain him. Thereafter, the State indicted Medina on one count of aggravated assault on
a public servant, alleging that he caused serious bodily injury to Soliz by fighting with him,
knowing that Soliz was a polic... More...
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Johny Ray Hargrove v. The State of Texas

An Aransas County grand jury indicted appellant Johny Ray Hargrove for the
offense of possession of a controlled substance, heroin, with the intent to deliver in
amount of one gram or more but less than four grams—a second-degree felony. See
an open plea of guilty to this offense, and the trial court sentenced him to ten years’
imprisonment with the Texas Department of Crimina... More...
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Juan Reyna v. The State of Texas

On February 20, 2013, Agent Roberto Montalvo of the Texas Department of Public
Safety—Criminal Investigations Division received a tip from a woman that lives in the
neighborhood who identified herself by name that a male subject was regularly
distributing narcotics on Harold Street near the intersection with Carol Street in Corpus
Christi. That same day, Montalvo drove to Haro... More...
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The State of Texas v. Lee Francis

The State charged appellee with driving while intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor.
According to appellee, on June 5, 2014, both appellee and the State announced “Ready”
during the docket call. The State contends that on the following Monday, June 9, 2014,
both parties again announced “Ready.”1 On that date, the trial court swore in a jury panel
comprised of thirty panel membe... More...
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In Re Erwin Burley

Relator, Erwin Burley, proceeding pro se, filed a document entitled “Declaration for
Entry of Default,” “in the above cause on January 28, 2016.2 Relator appears to be seeking default judgments on a petition for writ of habeas corpus and a motion to recuse
the trial court on grounds that the trial court has not timely ruled on those matters.
Because relator’s pleading does not ref... More...
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Lawrence Kelvin Walker, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with indecency with a child by sexual contact and pleaded “not guilty.” The jury found Appellant “guilty” as charged, and the matter proceeded to a trial on punishment. The jury assessed Appellant’s punishment at imprisonment for twenty years. This appeal followed.
Appellant’s counsel relates that he has reviewed the record and concluded that it contai... More...
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Dylan Dale Mueller v. The State of Texas

Dylan Dale Mueller, Appellant, has filed a motion to dismiss this appeal. In the motion, Appellant states that the trial court has entered a second nunc pro tunc order to correct the judgment of conviction and that, as a result, Appellant has been credited with the proper amount of back time and “has no reason to further pursue this appeal.” Appellant requests that we dismiss this appeal. The m... More...   $0 (02-04-2016 - TX)

Darrell Green v. The State of Texas

Appellant pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of robbery. PENAL § 29.02. The trial court deferred adjudication of his guilt and placed him on community supervision for five years. Appellant’s community supervision required, among other things, that he report each month, that he pay the assessed fees, that he not possess firearms, and that he not commit any state or federal offens... More...   $0 (02-04-2016 - TX)

Pamela Ann Grimes v. The State of Texas

Appellant entered a plea of guilty in November 2011 to the first-degree felony offense of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver in a drug-free zone. TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 481.112(d) (West 2010), § 481.134(c) (West Supp. 2015). Appellant also signed a judicial confession, which the trial court admitted into evidence at the time Appellant entered her original plea of ... More...   $0 (02-04-2016 - TX)

Isidro Castaneda v. The State of Texas

In July 2011, Doug Mocek traveled with his fiancée from their home in Fort Worth to San Antonio to get married. Mocek testified that, when they returned home on July 24, their television was not on its stand. He then saw that their back door was open and their television was propped up against the back fence. Mocek noticed a broken window pane on a back window. Inside the home, he saw a blood ... More...   $0 (02-04-2016 - TX)

In Re Corey J. Schuff

Relator Corey J. Schuff, a pro se inmate, filed a petition for writ of
mandamus, in which he contends that he filed requests for post-conviction DNA
testing and appointment of counsel, but the trial court has failed to rule on his
motion. Schuff asserts in the alternative that the clerk failed to bring his motions to
the court’s attention.
The State filed a response in wh... More...
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Jamecka Dennings v. The State of Texas

Jamecka Dennings has filed a motion to dismiss her appeal. See Tex. R.
App. P. 42.2. A request to dismiss the appeal is signed by appellant personally and
joined by counsel of record. No opinion has issued in this appeal. The motion is
granted, and the appeal is therefore dismissed. ... More...
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Reginald Tison v. The State of Texas

Reginald Tison (Tison) pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon, a second-degree felony. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 22.02(a)(2) (West
2011). The trial court deferred the adjudication of Tison’s guilt, placed Tison on
community supervision for five years, and assessed a $2500 fine. Subsequently,
the State filed a motion to adjudicate alleging Tison committed sev... More...
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Jose Manuel Villarreal v. The State of Texas

Jose Manuel Villarreal pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, and the trial
court sentenced Villarreal to life in prison. In three appellate issues, Villarreal
challenges the denial of his motion to suppress. We affirm the trial court’s
We review a trial court’s ruling on a motion to suppress under a bifurcated
standard of review. Valtierra v. State, 310 S.W.3d 44... More...
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Chris Allen Beam Jr. v. The State of Texas

Chris Allen Beam Jr. pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. The trial court sentenced Beam to twenty years in prison. Beam’s
appellate counsel filed a brief that presents counsel’s professional evaluation of the
record and concludes Beam’s appeal is frivolous.We
granted an extension of time for Beam to file a pro se brief, but we received no
response fr... More...
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Daniel Lee Ainsworth v. The State of Texas

The merits of the three cases were jointly tried to the bench on April 27, 2015.
Appellant refused court-appointed counsel and represented himself.
At trial, Peek’s neighbor testified that on the night of February 27, 2014, she
heard “bloodcurdling screams” and looked out her apartment window. She saw Peek
sitting on the sidewalk. Appellant was “beating her over the head” ... More...
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Shawne Dewayne Murray v. The State of Texas

Pending before the court is the motion of appellant Shawne Dewayne Murray to
dismiss his appeal. Appellant and his attorney have both signed the motion.
No decision of this court having been delivered to date, we grant the
motion. ... More...
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George Washington Sharper v. The State of Texas

After a Hunt County jury found George Washington Sharper guilty of the capital murder
of David Olivares, the trial court sentenced him to the mandatory punishment of life imprisonment
without parole.1 Sharper appealed to this Court, asserting that the trial court erred (1) in admitting
the out-of-court statement of his alleged accomplice in violation of his right to confront and cr... More...
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Anthony Scott Roper v. The State of Texas

In September 2010, the 76th Judicial District Court of Titus County, Texas (76th District
Court), placed Anthony Scott Roper on deferred adjudication community supervision for a period
of five years for the offense of failure to register as a sex offender.1 The State subsequently moved
to revoke Roper’s community supervision. Following a hearing, the 276th Judicial District Court ... More...
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Vincent Crowley Bertrand v. The State of Texas

McLemore was arrested on May 27, 2012 for unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly
possessing cocaine in the amount of less than one gram. The State indicted Bertrand on
November 14, 2013 and filed the indictment with the trial court on February 17, 2014. The first
trial setting was March 14, 2014. The record contains pass slips, all agreed to by Bertrand and
his attorney, r... More...
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Gerardo DeLaCruz v. The State of Texas

In the summer of 2012, complainant K.V.,2 her mother, and several of her brothers and
sisters moved in with Connie Carillo because of financial struggles. On June 14, 2012,
DeLaCruz, a friend of the Carillo family, came to the house. K.V. did not know him.
DeLaCruz played with K.V. and her younger sister K3 in the front yard and eventually
they went inside to watch televisi... More...
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