Cases heard in district court
Two defendants were sentenced to prison while two others received probation during proceedings of the 46th Judicial District Court of Wilbarger County last week.
J.D. Nava, 37, of Vernon, was sentenced to five years in prison following the revocation of his probation in a case of felony assault family violence. Nava was placed on probation on September 19, 2016.
A motion to revoke his probation was filed alleging that Nava had absconded from the jurisdiction and that he had failed to successfully complete a batterer intervention and prevention program.
Nava pleaded true to the violation of his probation. He was represented by Earl Griffin of Childress.
Michael Anthony Rodriguez, 38, of Vernon, was sentenced to two years in state jail following the revocation of his probation in a case of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
Rodriguez was placed on probation on April 3, 2019, with a special condition that he complete a substance abuse rehabilitation program at the Roy K. Robb Community Corrections Facility in San Angelo, Texas.
A motion to revoke was filed on April 25, 2019, alleging that Rodriguez had absconded from the rehabilitation facility. Rodriguez pleaded true to the violation. The district court will maintain jurisdiction over Rodriguez and will bring him back before the court in 180 days to determine if Rodriguez should then be sent to a prison-based substance abuse felony punishment facility. Rodriguez was represented by Earl Griffin.
Dashawn Daquion Johnson, 24, of Morrison, Colorado, was sentenced to three years of probation following his plea of guilty to felony possession of marijuana.
On January 13, 2018, a DPS trooper stopped Johnson for speeding on US Hwy 287. When Johnson rolled down his window the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle yielded a little less than five pounds of marijuana.
The court also ordered Johnson to pay a fine of $3,000 and to complete 150 hours of community service. Johnson was represented by Frank Trotter of Wichita Falls.
Kelly Renee Burns, 29, of Vernon, was sentenced to probation for a period of four years following her plea of guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
On October 27, 2018, a Vernon PD officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal. During the course of the stop, Burns, who was a passenger in the vehicle, admitted to having methamphetamine in her purse. Burns was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000, complete 150 hours of community service, and attend and complete an outpatient substance abuse program through Helen Farabee.
She was represted by Collin Jordan 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.