Multiple sentences handed out last week in District Court
Two men and one woman were sentenced during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County this past week in Vernon.
Justin Lee Maldonado, 38, of Vernon, was sentenced to three years in prison following his plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance.
On October 7, 2017, Maldonado was stopped by a Vernon police officer for riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the street. During the course of the stop, Maldonado seemed very agitated and mentioned that he had a BB gun.
Maldonado then reached into his waistband and dropped to the ground what appeared to be a handgun. He then attempted to flee but was detained by the officer.
At that time, another officer on the scene noted that there was a clear plastic container containing baggies of suspected methamphetamine attached to the bicycle.
Maldonado was arrested for possession of between one and four grams of methamphetamine.
He was represented by Frank Trotter of Wichita Falls.
Jared Michael Stewart, 26, of Vernon, was placed on probation for a period of five years and ordered to complete a six-month work program at an Intermediate Sanction Facility following his plea of guilty to assault family violence.
On October 8, 2018, Vernon police responded to a call of a possible family violence assault at a residence on Texas street.
The victim advised the police that Stewart had assaulted her and officers observed fresh bruising and redness on her face. Stewart was taken into custody at that time. In addition to the term of probation, Stewart must pay a fine of $1,500 and complete 250 hours of community service.
He was represented by Chuck Smith of Wichita Falls.
The cases were prosecuted by the 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office while District Judge Dan Mike Bird presided over the hearings and assessed the sentences.
Jessica Adelina Zamora, 25, of Vernon, pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a prescription and was sentenced to probation for a period of three years.
On November 6, 2018, Vernon police discovered that Zamora had turned in multiple prescriptions at a local pharmacy.
It was determined that Zamora had forged more than one prescription in order to obtain a larger quantity of narcotics.
Zamora must pay a fine of $1,500 and complete 100 hours of community service. She was represented by Sage Seal of Childress.