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Texas False Imprisonment Law
Felix Javier Irizarry v. The State of Texas

The complainant, a seven-year-old boy, arrived at school one morning, crying. His teacher asked what was wrong, and the complainant responded that he had been physically disciplined. The teacher escorted the complainant to the school nurse, who examined the boy. Welts, bruising, and red marks were found on the complainant’s back. The nurse contacted Child Protective Services, suspecting that the c... More...   $0 (05-25-2016 - TX)

Mario Jesus Ramirez v. The State of Texas

Mario Jesus Ramirez was convicted by a jury of murder and sentenced to life
imprisonment. On appeal, Ramirez contends the trial court erred in denying his motion for new
trial which asserted: (1) Ramirez was not allowed to testify during the punishment phase of trial;
and (2) jurors engaged in misconduct by sleeping through critical portions of the trial. We affirm
the trial ... More...
   $0 (05-25-2016 - TX)

James Lee Skinner v. The State of Texas

On August 4, 2011, the Harris County Magistrate issued a search warrant for
Skinner’s residence located in Houston, Texas. Houston Police Department
Officer B. McCord authored the warrant affidavit, which provided the following
factual support:
Within the past forty eight (48) hours, Houston Police Sergeant J. Yencha and your Affiant met with a credible and reliable confidenti... More...
   $0 (05-23-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Kevin Kenard Howard

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Faces Up to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Wire Fraud Conviction

Kevin Kenard Howard of Dallas appeared in federal court today, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez, and pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud stemming from his work with Ellis Wamsley, IV and the FAIM Economic Development Corporation.

Howard, 34, faces a maximum statutory penalty... More...
   $0 (05-20-2016 - TX)

David Walter Bridgman v. The State of Texas

Following a plea of not guilty, Appellant, David Walter Bridgman, was convicted
in a bench trial of theft of property valued at $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, a
state jail felony,1 enhanced to a second degree felony by two prior felony convictions.2
Punishment was assessed at confinement for seven years. By a sole issue, Appellant
contends the evidence is insufficient ... More...
   $0 (05-20-2016 - TX)

Ashley Renee Williams v. The State of Texas

Ashley Renee Williams appeals her conviction for intentional bodily injury to a child. See
TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.04(f) (West Supp. 2015). Williams was sentenced to four years’
imprisonment. Williams was represented by retained counsel at trial and a different appointed
attorney on appeal.
William’s attorney on appeal has filed a brief which discusses the record and revi... More...
   $0 (05-20-2016 - TX)

Ozumba Onwughalu Lnukx v. The State of Texas

On the evening of October 17, 2012, appellant was waiting for a bus to go home after
shopping at Aldi grocery store. Because it was a high-crime neighborhood, he carried concealed
handguns.2 He was sixty-six years old at the time and in poor health.
The events that subsequently transpired vary greatly between appellant, two eye
witnesses, and the complaining witness. We ... More...
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Cody John Holt v. The State of Texas

The factual background in this opinion is based on the evidence adduced at trial, the
evidence adduced during the hearing on Holt’s motion to suppress, and the trial court’s findings
of fact relating to that hearing. To the extent possible, the evidence from the hearing on the
motion to suppress and the trial is presented in chronological order.
Lisley Holt and Richard Romans ... More...
   $0 (05-20-2016 - TX)

William Simons v. The State of Texas

On March 11, 2014, Quilter died of gunshot wounds inflicted by Simons, her long-time
boyfriend with whom she lived. Simons was charged with murder.
Sergeant Phillip Stewart, a Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigator,
testified that he arrived at the Kemp, Texas, crime scene at approximately 10:05 p.m. Quilter
was deceased and laying on the front porch of the m... More...
   $0 (05-20-2016 - TX)

Fernando Torres v. The State of Texas

Torres was charged by information with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon based
on an incident that occurred on May 22, 2014. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.02(a) (West
2011). Torres subsequently entered a plea of guilty pursuant to a plea bargain agreement in which
the State agreed to dismiss a sexual assault charge arising out of the same incident and to a cap of
ten ye... More...
   $0 (05-19-2016 - TX)

Rodney Joe Garrett v. The State of Texas

On February 11, 2014, Derek Branning was driving north on Interstate 35 when he
recognized a white semi-truck that had been stolen from his workplace several weeks earlier.
Branning called 9-1-1 and continued to follow the truck until law enforcement officers arrived.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (“BCSO”) Deputy Derrick Crawford had been working
patrol in his marked police... More...
   $0 (05-19-2016 - TX)

Emilio Ledesma, Jr. v. The State of Texas

In 1991, Emilio Ledesma was convicted of robbery and sexual assault. He
was sentenced to thirty years’ imprisonment for the sexual assault and
subsequently was released on parole. Upon release from an intermediate sanction
facility (ISF) where he had been serving time for a parole violation, a parole officer
admonished Ledesma about his parole reporting requirements, includin... More...
   $0 (05-19-2016 - TX)

Jorge Luis Gonzalez v. The State of Texas

The indictment, filed May 2, 2014, charged Garcia with: (1) intoxication
manslaughter, a second-degree felony, see TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 49.08 (West,
Westlaw through 2015 R.S.); (2) failure to stop and render aid following an accident
resulting in death, a second-degree felony, see TEX. TRANSP. CODE ANN. § 550.021 (West,
Westlaw through 2015 R.S.); and (3) criminally negligen... More...
   $0 (05-17-2016 - TX)

Tony Lamont Jones v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with felony theft and pleaded “guilty.” The trial court deferred finding Appellant “guilty” and placed him on community supervision for four years. As a condition of his community supervision, Appellant agreed to pay “all court cost[s], including any appointed counsel fee at the rate of $20 each month beginning October 2014.” On July 1, 2015, the State filed ... More...   $0 (05-17-2016 - TX)

Kelton Derek Wilson v. The State of Texas

On the final day of a drug-induced crime spree, Appellant led numerous officers from multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase, reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. The chase ended when Appellant rammed a police car with the stolen pickup he was driving. Appellant pleaded guilty to evading arrest and aggravated assault against a public servant with a deadly weapon. After a hearin... More...   $0 (05-17-2016 - TX)

Mark Eric Emanuel v. The State of Texas

Ashley Lewis1 lived with her grandmother in Palestine, Texas, along with other family members including her uncle, Appellant; two cousins; and at least intermittently, her father. One of Appellant’s roles in the household was to insure the grandchildren did their household chores, cleaned their rooms, and obeyed his mother, their grandmother. On the pretext of going to get some things for Ashley ... More...   $0 (05-17-2016 - TX)

Craig Rudy Reynolds v. The State of Texas

At trial, the State introduced three “pen packets” into evidence to prove that Reynolds was
previously convicted of three prior felony offenses as alleged by the State in its notice of intent to
seek an enhancement. The State’s primary witness, Investigator Ron Moe of the Comanche
County Sheriff’s Office, testified about the pen packets, which were admitted as State’s Exhibits
... More...
   $0 (05-16-2016 - TX)

Brendan Xavier Douglas v. The State of Texas

A Gregg County jury found Brendan Xavier Douglas guilty of the May 15, 2012, capital
murder of Deandre Rossum, and the trial court sentenced him to the mandatory punishment of life
imprisonment without parole.1 In his appeal to this Court, Douglas asserts that there was legally
insufficient evidence to convict him of capital murder and that the trial court erred (1) in failing to <... More...
   $0 (05-16-2016 - TX)

Mark Edwin Guida v. The State of Texas

In response to a 911 call, Dallas police discovered appellant’s girlfriend’s body in a
burning vehicle with license plates registered to appellant. A subsequent autopsy showed that (i)
her death was caused by strangulation and (ii) she was dead before the fire started.
The lead detective on the case, Paul Ellzey, called appellant the next day and asked him
to come to the pol... More...
   $0 (05-16-2016 - TX)

Edward Frank Williams v. The State of Texas

Edward Frank Williams appeals the trial court’s judgment convicting him of aggravated
robbery, enhanced by two prior convictions. Williams pleaded guilty to the offense and true to
the enhancement paragraphs. After finding Williams guilty, the jury found the enhancements
true and assessed his punishment at seventy-five years of imprisonment.
In one issue on appeal, Williams... More...
   $0 (05-16-2016 - TX)

Antoine D. Henderson v. The State of Texas

Antoine D. Henderson pled guilty to drug charges in two cases in exchange for the State’s
recommendation that adjudication be deferred. The trial court deferred adjudication, placed
Henderson on community supervision for a period of ten years in each case, fined him $1,500, and
assessed restitution in the amount of $342 to be paid to the San Antonio Police Department.
The Sta... More...
   $0 (05-16-2016 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Connie Torrez

One night in July 2014, Jeremy West, a sergeant with the Lake Worth
Police Department, was in his patrol car and was stopped at an intersection
when he saw a car approaching from his right side. Appellee was the driver of
that car, and she was approximately one hundred yards away from Sergeant
West when he first saw her car. As Sergeant West looked right, he saw that one
... More...
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United States of America v. Rani F. Khoury

Dallas, TX - Timeshare Telemarketing Fraudster Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison

$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

A Florida man who was convicted for his role in a resort timeshare telemarketing scheme that victimized at least 5000 individuals,... More...
   $0 (05-14-2016 - TX)

Stephen Henry Hopper v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted on November 4, 1993, for a violent rape that
allegedly occurred on August 7 of the same year. At the time of the indictment, the
State was aware that appellant was no longer in Texas because the State had
already filed requests for detainers in both California and Nebraska.1
The record does not reveal what ever happened in California. What is clear,
howev... More...
   $0 (05-12-2016 - TX)

Adrian Heath v. The State of Texas

This case arises out of a board-of-directors election for the Woodlands Road Utility District No. 1 (the “RUD”) in Montgomery County, Texas, held on May 8, 2010. The RUD was created to build and maintain roads in The Woodlands, Texas, and is governed by an elected board of five directors. In May 2010, there were six candidates for three positions on the board. Three of those candidates were challe... More...   $0 (05-12-2016 - TX)

Walter Louis Jackson Junior v. The State of Texas

After receiving a tip from a confidential informant that appellant was selling drugs in the Katy area, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation in February 2012. By October, investigators believed they had gathered sufficient information to link appellant to apartment #10206 at The Residences at Cinco Ranch. On October 24, 2012, an investigator asked Officer Hricko to have ... More...   $0 (05-12-2016 - TX)

Santos Salinas Jr. v. The State of Texas

Officer Jeremy Stewart testified that he and Officer Bilski2 were driving down Polk
Street in Burnet in a marked police vehicle car on the night of December 12, 2013.3
Shortly before midnight, Officer Stewart noticed a car parked in the front parking lot of a
car wash flash its headlights as the officers passed by. Deciding to investigate, Officer
Stewart turned into the park... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Michael Sucre v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with indecency with a child and pleaded “guilty.” The matter proceeded to a bench trial on punishment. Ultimately, the trial court found Appellant “guilty” as charged and assessed his punishment at imprisonment for seventeen years. This appeal followed.
ANALYSIS PURSUANT TO ANDERS V. CALIFORNIA Appellant’s counsel filed a brief in compliance with Ander... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Marcus Anthony Esparza v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine and pleaded “guilty.” The indictment further alleged that Appellant had two prior felony convictions. The matter proceeded to a bench trial on punishment, at which Appellant pleaded “true” to the enhancement allegations. Ultimately, the trial court found Appellant “guilty” as charged, found the enhancem... More...   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Jerry Flores v. The State of Texas

In 2011, Brian and Constance Bradley desired to purchase a house. Constance saw an advertisement on Craigslist for a house listed for sale by Appellant and his wife, Clare. Constance contacted Appellant, and the parties began negotiations for the purchase of the house by the Bradleys. The parties negotiated the terms of the purchase over multiple meetings. Brian testified that he asked Appella... More...   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Milton D. Stephenson v. The State of Texas

In 2012, a grand jury indicted Stephenson for entering a habitation owned by J.H.2 with the intent to commit theft. The indictment contains enhancement counts,
which assert that Stephenson had committed four prior sequenced felonies. Based
on the enhancement counts, if at least two of the enhancement paragraphs were
found by the jury to be true, a trial in the case subjected Stephen... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Jesus Eduardo Sanchez v. The State of Texas

While working as an undercover narcotics agent, Detective Jaime Flores obtained a cell
phone number from a Victor Ortega, for an individual that Ortega identified as “Krusty,” for
purposes of purchasing narcotics. On November 10, 2011, using that number, Flores contacted
“Krusty,” whom he later identified as Appellant, and arranged to purchase “ecstasy pills”1 from
him at Ort... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Christopher Stephen Beck v. The State of Texas

In June 2014, Ramon Avila occupied a house along with his former wife, Anna
Avila, and her three daughters, K.S., then age eighteen, H.A., then fourteen, and R.A.,
then three.3 H.A. and R.A. occupied the same bedroom but each had a twin bed.
Appellant, a co-worker of Ramon, attended an evening party at the Avila
residence to celebrate Ramon’s birthday. Ramon described it a... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Corey Hayes Parker v. The State of Texas

On August 2, 2012, eight officers of the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office executed a no-knock
search warrant at a two-bedroom mobile home in Hunt County. The officers were searching for
Parker and Kelli Locke. After a sheriff’s deputy broke down the home’s front door, officers used
flash-bang devices to stun and distract the trailer’s occupants while other officers entered the home. ... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Michael Lewis Forney v. The State of Texas

Michael Lewis Forney pleaded guilty before a jury to nine offenses: credit card abuse;
two third-degree felony thefts; evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle; fraudulent
possession of identifying information; burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony
other than theft; and three state-jail felony thefts. He also pleaded true to one enhancement
paragraph i... More...
   $0 (05-11-2016 - TX)

Norman Agent v. The State of Texas

In December 2013, appellant was indicted for the offense of continuous sexual abuse of a
young child. Appellant pleaded not guilty and the trial commenced on March 23, 2015.
During trial, the complainant, A.N., testified that appellant used to date her mother.
During the third grade, A.N. moved to Oklahoma with appellant, her mother, two sisters and
brother. A.N. testified... More...
   $0 (05-10-2016 - TX)

Jon Ray Finch v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted for murder after he shot and killed his supervisor Antral Franklin,
at a Williams Chicken restaurant. Although appellant claimed that he acted in self-defense when
Franklin tried to choke him, the jury disagreed and found him guilty of murder. After appellant
was sentenced to life imprisonment, he timely perfected this appeal.
II. Analysis
A. Issue... More...
   $0 (05-10-2016 - TX)

Jonathon Villanueva v. The State of Texas

Complainant N.V. was ten years of age at the time of her trial testimony. N.V. testified
that when she was nine, she lived with her mother Yessenia Villanueva (Yessenia) and her father
and Yessenia’s husband at the time, Jose Victor Villanueva (Jose). N.V. had not met Jonathon,
Jose’s son and N.V.’s stepbrother, before he came to live with them in the summer of 2013.
N.V. gr... More...
   $0 (05-10-2016 - TX)

Terrill Carl Adams v. The State of Texas

Terrill Carl Adams appeals his two convictions for burglary of a habitation, asserting they
amount to multiple punishments for the same criminal conduct in violation of the double jeopardy
clause. We agree and vacate the judgment on Count 2 for burglary of a habitation with intent to
commit or commission of injury to an elderly individual, and affirm the judgment on Count 1 for More...
   $0 (05-10-2016 - TX)

Shriya Biman Patel v. The State of Texas

The evidence in the record shows that appellant’s husband, Bimal Patel, was badly
burned in a fire in the couple’s apartment on the evening of April 17, 2012, and ultimately died from
his injuries. Although appellant and Patel had married in India months earlier, appellant had only
recently moved to the United States after completing the immigration process from India. A
neighbor... More...
   $0 (05-09-2016 - TX)

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