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Texas False Imprisonment Law
John Joseph Jordan v. The State of Texas

Appellant John Joseph Jordan attempts to appeal from his conviction for
possession of a controlled substance, Oxycodone, and his conviction for the theft
of property worth less than $2,500, enhanced by two prior convictions. See Tex.
Health & Safety Code Ann. § 481.115 (West 2010), Tex. Penal Code Ann.
§ 31.03 (West Supp. 2016). Appellant pleaded guilty in both cases pursuant ... More...
   $0 (08-25-2016 - TX)

Jake Bradley McLemore v. The State of Texas

According to her testimony at trial, when Brittany3 was in the fourth grade,
appellant touched her sexual organ, and she touched his penis with her hands
and her mouth. Appellant also showed Brittany pornographic videos on his
phone and took pictures of her with his phone while she was naked. Appellant
told Brittany that these acts were a secret and that he would “make it wor... More...
   $0 (08-25-2016 - TX)

Juan Alejandro Valderama v. The State of Texas

At a hearing on appellant’s motion to suppress, Pasadena Independent
School District (“PISD”) Police Department Officer M. Rodriguez testified that on
April 2, 2014, he was assigned to monitor Pasadena Memorial High School (the
“high school”). He saw appellant and another student, Jonathan Castillo, standing
at the trunk of a “blue sports car” that was parked in the “horseshoe... More...
   $0 (08-24-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Victor Lamar Coates

Houston, TX - Second Trafficker Convicted of Distributing Dangerous Counterfeit Viagra and Cialis

A 47-year-old Pennsylvania man entered a guilty plea to charges related to a conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit Viagra and Cialis and for smuggling, trafficking and introducing the misbranded prescription drugs into interstate commerce.

“The FDA regulates pharmaceuticals in the leg... More...
   $0 (08-21-2016 - TX)

Carlos Renard Henry v. The State of Texas

In three separate cases, appellant, Carlos Renard Henry, pleaded guilty to the
offenses of burglary of a habitation (trial court cause no. 1400600), theft (trial court
cause no. 1417781), and burglary of a motor vehicle (trial court cause no. 1418788).
In each case, the trial court found appellant guilty and, in accordance with the terms
of appellant’s plea bargain agreements w... More...
   $0 (08-20-2016 - TX)

Marcus Allen v. The State of Texas

Appellant, Marcus Allen, was found guilty by a jury of the state jail felony
offense of possession of a controlled substance in an amount less than one gram. See
TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. §§ 481.102(6), 481.115(b) (West 2010).
Appellant pleaded true to two enhancement paragraphs and the trial court sentenced
appellant to ten years’ imprisonment. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § ... More...
   $0 (08-20-2016 - TX)

Joshua Jacob Patterson v. The State of Texas

A grand jury indicted Patterson for the murder of Kristian Sullivan, who died
of multiple gunshot wounds in the front yard of his grandmother’s house. Patterson
filed a pre-trial motion to suppress any statement he had made to law enforcement
officers. In this motion, he asserted several bases for suppression, including that his
statements “were taken without the safeguards r... More...
   $0 (08-20-2016 - TX)

Dejesus Fobbs v. The State of Texas

Former Silsbee Police Department Officer T. Hartless testified that while on
patrol at 2:30 a.m. on May 20, 2014, he “noticed an interior light on” and
“something” in a car stopped in a driveway. At the start of his shift that night,
Hartless had been “notified” about an increase in “[a]uto burglaries” in the area, and
2 See TE... More...
   $0 (08-20-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Dr. Mattias Tezock

Dallas, TX - Local Chemical Engineer Must Pay Approximately $4 Million in Restitution for Unlawfully Possessing Trade Secrets

A Ph.D. chemical engineer from Sunnyvale, Texas, Dr. Mattias Tezock, 53, who admitted unlawfully possessing trade secrets from his former employer, Voltaix LLC, has been ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to pay approximately $4 million in rest... More...
   $0 (08-20-2016 - TX)

Zackery Terrell v. The State of Texas

Zackery Terrell was stopped for a traffic offense and arrested for driving with
a suspended license and without insurance. Police officers conducted an inventory
search, which uncovered a loaded handgun, drug paraphernalia containing a residue
of cocaine, more than $12,000 in cash, and approximately 530 grams of liquid
codeine and promethazine.
Approximately six weeks aft... More...
   $0 (08-19-2016 - TX)

Enrique Chavez Aguirre v. The State of Texas

Appellant Enrique Chavez Aguirre is a Mexican citizen. In 2003, he lived in
Houston with his girlfriend. Four children lived in the house with them: Aguirre’s
son, Enrique Jr., and his girlfriend’s three children, one of whom is the
complainant in this case. One day the complainant, who was 11 years old at the
time, reported to a friend and to a teacher that Aguirre had touched... More...
   $0 (08-18-2016 - TX)

Sammy Page v. The State of Texas

Appellant Sammy Page pleaded guilty to the following offenses: possession of a
Penalty Group 3 controlled substance in an amount of less than twenty-eight grams in a
drug-free zone, possession with intent to deliver a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
in an amount of one gram or more but less than four grams in a drug-free zone, and
unlawful possession of a firearm by a fel... More...
   $0 (08-09-2016 - TX)

Brenda Elaine Patterson v. The State of Texas

Here, Patterson was charged by ind ictment with unlawful possession of a
controlled substance—dihydrocodeinone—within 1,000 feet of Hamilton High School, a
drug-free zone. Thereafter, the State provided notice of its intent to
enhance the punishment range with Patterson’s two prior felony drug-possession
convictions.1 The enhancements served to elevate the charged... More...
   $0 (08-08-2016 - TX)

Kelvin Benton v. The State of Texas

Appellant Noe Cosino was charged with felony driving while intoxicated
following a two-vehicle accident at the southernmost tip of Brazos County. Cosino and
the driver of the other vehicle were taken to a College Station hospital for medical
treatment. While Cosino was at the hospital, the investigating state trooper asked a nurse
to conduct a mandatory blood draw under the a... More...
   $0 (08-08-2016 - TX)

Luis Ruiz Sierra v. The State of Texas

One night, after consuming drugs and alcohol, appellant Luis Ruiz Sierra
entered the complainant’s apartment while she was out to walk her dogs. He later
claimed that he blacked out after taking a pill from a friend. Sierra hid in the
shower but left the bathroom light on. Upon discovering Sierra, the complainant
screamed, and he choked her until she passed out. Sierra removed ... More...
   $0 (08-07-2016 - TX)

Hassan Abdul Worthy v. The State of Texas

Hassan Abdul Worthy pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of
aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The plea was without an agreed
recommendation by the State on sentencing. The trial court sentenced Worthy to 45
years imprisonment. The most recent trial court certification of defendant’s right of
appeal indicates this was not a plea-bargain case and Worthy had... More...
   $0 (08-07-2016 - TX)

Eric Dewayne Small v. The State of Texas

Raynesha Blackmon testified that on the night of April 11, 2004, she and her
best friend, Keneshia Scott, the complainant, went to Cardi’s, “[a] teenage [night]
club,” for a party. However, they did not stay inside the club, which was “[v]ery
crowded,” for long. After someone had “throw[n] a chair in the air,” Blackmon and
the complainant immediately “started running” out of ... More...
   $0 (08-07-2016 - TX)

David Ernest Williams v. The State of Texas

Appellant David Ernest Williams attended a family member’s birthday
party. Several children were in attendance and stayed in the den while the adults
were in the living room. Williams sat down in one of the chairs in the den,
unzipped his pants and “stuck his penis out.” He then had multiple children at the
party sit on his lap. One of the children reported the incident to her ... More...
   $0 (08-07-2016 - TX)

Victor Manuel Alas v. The State of Texas

Alas, a couple of his male friends, and Cathy Cuellar2—all teenagers—
became acquainted with a middle-aged woman who lived in a nearby apartment.
That woman began to allow the teenagers to use her apartment to drink and smoke
marijuana. One night,3 the teenagers took Xanax before meeting at the apartment.
Although Cuellar, age 15, had experience with alcohol and marijuana, this ... More...
   $0 (08-07-2016 - TX)

Terrell Delone Maxwell v. The State of Texas

After this Court affirmed Maxwell’s judgment of conviction, the United States 4
Supreme Court held that a sentence of “mandatory life without parole for those under the age of
18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on ‘cruel and unusual
punishments.’” Subsequently, Maxwell obtained habeas-corpus relief from the Court of Criminal 5
Appeals, which... More...
   $0 (08-06-2016 - TX)

Andrew Rey Acosta v. The State of Texas

In cause no. 05-16-00058-CR, appellant waived a jury and pleaded nolo contendere to
injury to a child younger than fourteen years of age. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.04(a)
(West Supp. 2014). Pursuant to a plea agreement, the trial court deferred adjudicating guilt,
placed appellant on ten years’ community supervision, and assessed a $1,500 fine. The State
later moved to ad... More...
   $0 (08-06-2016 - TX)

Allen Claude Edwards v. The State of Texas

Allen Claude Edwards appeals his conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon. In a single issue, appellant contends the evidence is insufficient to support the trial
court’s affirmative finding of a deadly weapon. We dismiss the appeal.
Appellant waived a jury and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a
knife, and involving family violence. S... More...
   $0 (08-06-2016 - TX)

Harold "Bud" Eric Ham v. The State of Texas

Appellant does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his
conviction. We discuss only so much of the factual background as necessary for
disposition of the issues raised. The evidence from trial shows that during the evening
of August 15, 2008, Darrell Randell, Larry Dozier, Joe Mark Davis and appellant were
socializing and drinking beer outside Davis’s Turke... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

Foster Daleon Jones v. The State of Texas

Foster Daleon Jones entered an open plea of nolo contendre to, and was found guilty of,
aggravated sexual assault of a thirteen-year-old child. Following a punishment hearing in which
the child victim testified against Jones, the trial court sentenced Jones to twenty five years’
imprisonment. Jones appeals.
Jones’ appellate counsel filed a brief that outlined the procedural ... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

Brian Anthony Preciado v. The State of Texas

On March 9, 2011, pursuant to a plea agreement, Brian Anthony Preciado pled guilty to
the offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The trial court deferred a finding of guilt
and placed Preciado on community supervision for a period of five years. The trial court ordered
Preciado to pay a $2,000.00 fine, court costs, and restitution to the victim for medical expenses. ... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

Travalyn Aldridge v. The State of Texas

Following a bench trial, Travalyn Aldridge was convicted of burglary of a habitation and
was sentenced to thirty years’ imprisonment. Aldridge appeals.
Aldridge’s attorney filed a brief stating that he reviewed the record and found no genuinely
arguable issues to raise on appeal. The brief sets out the procedural history and summarizes the
evidence elicited during the course... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

David Edward Muir v. The State of Texas

Appellant waived a jury and pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. See TEX.
PENAL CODE ANN. § 43.26(a)(1), (d) (West Supp. 2015). After finding appellant guilty, the trial
court sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment and assessed a $2,500 fine. A year later, the
trial court granted appellant’s motion for shock probation and probated the sentence for ten
years.... More...
   $0 (08-04-2016 - TX)

Tony Glenn Boyd v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged with burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony with a
punishment range of two to twenty years’ confinement and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000.
See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§ 12.33; 30.02(a)(1), (c)(2) (West 2011). The indictment also
contained two enhancement paragraphs based on appellant’s prior felony convictions for
burglary of a habitation... More...
   $0 (08-03-2016 - TX)

Muhammad Waseem Chughtai v. The State of Texas

Chughtai was arrested for DWI on April 7, 2014, and a grand jury indicted him for the
offense. In two enhancement paragraphs, the indictment alleged Chughtai had two prior DWI
convictions: (1) a misdemeanor conviction in County Court at Law No. 3 of Collin County,
Texas, on September 15, 1992; and (2) a felony conviction in the 363rd Judicial District Court of
Dallas County, T... More...
   $0 (08-03-2016 - TX)

Emajin Trevon Jackson v. The State of Texas

At approximately 1:00 a.m., after returning from Houston, Sheila Etonga was alone in her
apartment complex parking lot. She was removing her suitcase and backpack from the trunk of
her car when a young man, later determined to be Jackson, came toward her. Jackson asked to
use her cell phone and Etonga said, “No.” Jackson told Etonga that he had been locked out of
the house a... More...
   $0 (08-02-2016 - TX)

Jose Gonzalez v. The State of Texas

In 2014, Rachel Gonzalez and Ahn Cisneros were in a relationship and living together,
along with Rachel’s children. Rachel admitted she and Ahn had an “on-and-off relationship”
because of Ahn’s relationships with other women.
In May 2014, Gonzalez asked Rachel, his cousin, for a place to live. Ahn offered his house
to Gonzalez because Ahn spent most of his time at Rachel’s ... More...
   $0 (08-02-2016 - TX)

Matthew Wayne Manning v. The State of Texas

Appellant Matthew Wayne Manning pled guilty to third-degree organized retail theft
between $1,500 and $20,000, and the jury sentenced him to fifteen years’ imprisonment. See Tex.
Penal Code § 31.16(b), (c)(4). Appellant’s appointed attorney has filed a motion to withdraw
supported by a brief concluding that the appeal is frivolous and without merit.
Counsel’s brief meets the requ... More...
   $0 (08-01-2016 - TX)

Temple Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Assault Of Child
Michael Rene VanWinkle v. The State of Texas

Michael Rene VanWinkle was charged with aggravated sexual assault for allegedly
causing “the penetration of the mouth of” his niece, C.M., who was younger than fourteen at the time
of the offense. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.021(a)(1)(B)(ii), (2)(B) (providing that person commits
offense if he “intentionally or knowingly . . . causes the penetration of the mouth of a child by the
sex... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

Hector Hato LaBoy v. The State of Texas

Appellant Hector Hato LaBoy pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with family
violence. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.01(b)(2). The trial court accepted LaBoy’s plea, found him
guilty, sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment probated for five years, and placed him on
community supervision. The State later filed a motion to revoke LaBoy’s community supervision,
alleging that LaBoy ... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

Dacious Parker v. The State of Texas

As set out earlier, Parker was charged with aggravated assault causing serious
bodily injury. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.02(a), (b). During the arraignment in which Parker initially
entered a plea of not guilty to the offense at issue as well as several companion offenses, the district
court explained that because there was an enhancement allegation for the aggravated-assault
charg... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

Aaron Rene Glasspoole v. The State of Texas

Glasspoole was charged with aggravated robbery after a convenience
store clerk identified him as the individual who entered the store, displayed and
cocked a gun, and stole two tubes from the store’s safe that each contained $50
in small bills. On the Wednesday before his trial was to begin the next Monday,
Glasspoole filed a motion for a Faretta3 hearing in which he asserted ... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Elpidio Gongora a/k/a/ “Pete Gongora”

San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Businessman Enters Guilty Plea to a Scheme Involving Defrauding Personal Injury Clients, Tax Evasion and Hiding Assets from U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee

San Antonio businessman Elpidio Gongora (aka “Pete Gongora”), age 47, pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a scheme to defraud personal injury clients; evading payment of more than $1.6 million in taxes; a... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

Roger Fountain v. The State of Texas

On July 9, 2011, Fountain and his family hosted a birthday party for
Fountain’s daughter at Hawaiian Falls waterpark in The Colony. Evan Barnett,
the regional manager of Hawaiian Falls, testified that near the end of the day on
July 9, 2011, a “guest concern” was brought to his attention: a guest was
treating a Hawaiian Falls “birthday host” in a derogatory manner. Barnett <... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

Charles Ray Diaz v. The State of Texas

Appellant Charles Ray Diaz appeals from his conviction for aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon. In one issue, Diaz contends the trial court violated
his confrontation rights under the United States and Texas Constitutions when it
granted two motions in limine requiring him to approach the bench before
questioning a State witness about the witness’s prior deferred adjudicat... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Richard Arthur Evans

Houston, TX - Houston Doctor Convicted for Distributing Prescription Narcotics

A federal jury returned a guilty verdicts on all 19 counts as charged against a Houston doctor for distributing oxycodone and hydrocodone.

The jury deliberated for approximately eight hours before convicted Richard Arthur Evans, 71. He now faces up to life in prison. The jury heard testimony for 14 day... More...
   $0 (07-31-2016 - TX)

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