In the Courts

Posted 1/17/23

The following felony cases have either been tried in a court of law or have been settled without trial and are considered closed.

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In the Courts

The following felony cases have either been tried in a court of law or have been settled without trial and are considered closed.

  • Erick Kelly was sentenced on Jan. 6 to two years probation after pleading no contest to possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kelly was arrested in May during a traffic stop.
  • Melissa Smith entered a plea of no contest to charges of possession of Alprazolam, possession of drug paraphernalia, introducing contraband into a detention facility and resisting an officer on Dec. 12. She was sentenced to four months in county jail. She was arrested in Oct. 2022 during a traffic stop.
  • Donald McDonald was sentenced in December to one year in county jail after pleading no contest to sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell. McDonald was arrested in March 2022 during an undercover operation by the narcotics task force.
  • Barteenia Richardson was sentenced on Jan. 5 to 18 months in state prison after pleading no contest to possession of cocaine and possession with intent to sell. Richardson was arrested in August 2021 during an undercover task force operation.
  • Jase Almashy was sentenced Jan. 6 to two years probation after pleading no contest to grand theft auto. Adjudication was withheld. Almashy was arrested in June 2022 after he took a side-by-side he found stuck in a mudhole.
  • Rodolfo Martinez was sentenced on Jan. 5 to one year in state prison after pleading no contest to lewd or lascivious behavior with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. Martinez was arrested in March 2019.
  • Danny Stokes was sentenced on Dec. 1 to 10 months and three days in county jail after pleading no contest to possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Stokes was arrested in Feb. 2022 during a traffic stop.
  • Bradford Courson was sentenced to one year in county jail on Dec. 1 after pleading no contest to introducing contraband into a detention facility and possession of drug paraphernalia. A charge of possession of methamphetamine was dropped. Courson was arrested in Feb. 2021.
  • Rene Hampton was sentenced Dec. 1 to six months in county jail followed by three years probation after pleading no contest to eight counts forgery. Hampton was arrested in April 2022 after stealing checks from a man whose house she cleaned and cashing them. The total amount of the fraudulent checks was $3,600.
  • Tony Tobias was sentenced on Dec. 1 to one year in county jail after pleading no contest to possession of Ecstasy. A charge of sale of Ecstasy was dropped. Tobias was arrested in March 2020 during a narcotics task force operation.
  • Jennifer Shaddon was sentenced to six months in county jail on Jan. 9 after pleading no contest to possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges of tampering with physical evidence, burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, burglary of a conveyance and possession of drug paraphernalia were dropped. Shaddon was arrested for the drug charges in August 2022 and the other charges in September. The drug charges came about during a traffic stop.

A no contest plea does not mean the defendant admits guilt. It means he/she chooses not to fight the charges for one reason or another. The effect of the plea is virtually identical to that of a guilty plea. 

Withheld adjudication generally refers to a decision by a judge to put a person on probation without an adjudication of guilt. It means an individual is not found guilty legally by the court. If the person successfully completes the terms of probation and has no subsequent offenses, no further action will be taken on the case, and the offense for which adjudication was withheld is typically not considered a prior conviction for purposes of habitual offender sentencing.

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