DWI DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SIX YEARS
James Clayton Perry, 48, formerly of Ft. Worth, Texas, is now an inmate awaiting transfer to state prison to serve an (6) six year sentence for the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated. Mr. Perry was apprehended on August 2, 2010 by a City of Eastland Police Officer on a routine traffic stop. Perry had been previously convicted two other times for DWI.
The Honorable Judge Steven Herod of the 91st District Court sentenced Perry to 6 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division after Perry entered a plea of guilty to the charge.
Two Men Have Probation Revoked and Each Sentenced To Six Years Prison for Felony DWI’s
Presiding Judge Steven Herod revoked the probation of Jessie Ines Marquez, 39, on August 25, 2010 in the 91st District Courtroom in Eastland. Marquez, an Eastland County resident, had previously been placed on five years probation on June 25, 2008 for Driving While Intoxicated – Third Offense. Judge Herod sentenced Marquez to six (6) years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division for violating the terms and conditions of his probation.
MAN WITH DRUGS GETS 19 YEARS
On August 25, 2010, Nathan Lynn Simon, formerly of Mesquite, entered a plea of guilty to three felony charges, netting two prison sentences of nineteen years and one two year prison sentence.
The case stemmed from a August 7, 2010 stop on Interstate 20 by an Eastland County Sheriff’s Deputy on routine patrol when he received a report from Eastland County Dispatch of a reckless driver in a silver Ford vehicle. After locating the vehicle, the Deputy initiated a traffic stop and when he approached the vehicle noted the strong odor of marihuana coming from inside the vehicle. After obtaining the driver’s license, the Deputy noticed a green plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance between the passengers legs in the front seat of the vehicle. The Deputy proceeded to search the vehicle and it’s occupants . In addition to finding marihuana, the Deputy found approximately 2.2 grams of crack cocaine. The Eastland County Sheriff’s Office also seized approximately $2,400 in U.S. Currency found in the right front pocket of the driver.
Simon was arrested for Tampering With Evidence – a Third Degree Felony and Possession of a Controlled Substance: Cocaine, More than 1 gm but less than 4 gms – a Third Degree Felony. Because he had previously been convicted of a felony, the Criminal District Attorney’s Office enhanced the two charges to Second Degree Felonies with a punishment range of 2-20 years confinement and up to a $10,000 fine. Simon was also arrested for Possession of Marihuana, More than four ounces but less than five pound, a State Jail Felony with a maximum punishment range of no less than one hundred and eighty days confinement and no more than two years confinement in a State Jail Facility.
Simon is now an inmate in the Eastland County Jail awaiting transport to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
GRAND JURY RETURNS 38 INDICTMENTS FOR AUGUST 2010 TERM
The Criminal District Attorney’s Office of Eastland County presented cases to the Grand Jury of the 91st Judicial District during the August Term on August 26, 2010 and thirty-eight indictments were returned.
Although by law, the names of criminal defendants are withheld until served with the indictment, the following types of cases were presented:
6 cases involving Burglaries
2 cases involving Theft
1 cases of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver:Cocaine
5 cases of Possession of Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, Less Than 1 Gram
2 cases of Possession of Controlled Substance, 3,4 Methylenedioxy Methamphetamine, Less Than 1 Gram
1 cases of Possession of Controlled Substance, Cocaine, Less Than One Gram
1 cases of Possession of Controlled Substance, Cocaine, more than 1 gram but less than 4 grams
1 cases of Possession of Controlled Substance, Cocaine, more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams
1 case of Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility
2 cases of Possession of Marihuana, More than 4 ounces but less than 5 ponds
1 case of Failure to Appear
1 case of Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Violence – With Prior Conviction
2 cases of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon
2 cases of Evading Arrest Using Vehicle
1 Injury to a Child
1 Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger
6 cases of Driving While Intoxicated – Third Offense or More
1 case of Hindering Apprehension