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Grand Jury Signs 40 Indictments During August Court Session

The Hopkins County Grand Jury during the August session signed at least 40 indictments naming at least 32 different individuals in the charges, including four individuals accused of more than one offense and in other instances more than one person implicated in the same offense.

The majority of the indictments were for alleged controlled substance charges. The rest range from abandoning or endangering a child and assault of a family or household member that impedes breathing to unauthorized use of a vehicle, sex offender failure in duty to register, tampering with evidence and theft offenses.

Michael Allen Coker

Indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle was Michael Allen Coker, 51, of Sulphur Springs. Coker was arrested on May 28 by a state trooper, who alleged he had stopped Coker for speeding on Interstate 30 and a records check showed the car Coker was driving had been reported to Paris police as stolen. Paris police were contacted. A Paris Police Department detective said the owner of the car reportedly left it running while he went inside a Paris store; the car was missing when he walked back outside, the trooper alleged in the May arrest reports. Coker remained in the county jail Monday, Aug. 5; his bond on the stolen vehicle charge was set at $5,000, according to jail reports.


Vincent Raymond Davis

Vincent Raymond Davis, 52, of Sulphur Springs was indicted during the Aug. 1 grand jury session for failure to comply with sex offender duty to register. Davis was taken into custody and held in Tarrant County jail on the charge until a Hopkins County deputy transported him to Hopkins County jail on July 8. The offense was alleged to have occurred on June 11, according to arrest reports. He remained in Hopkins County jail Aug. 5, in lieu of $100,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports


Patrick Mondrell Hood

Indicted for abandoning or endangering a child was Patrick Mondrell Hood, 45, of Sulphur Springs. Hood was arrested July 9 on a warrant alleging the charge. The warrant was obtained following an investigation by Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit investigators and Child Protective Services personnel. Hood remained in the county jail Monday, Aug. 5. Bond on the charge was set at $15,000, according to jail reports.


Thea Colynn Patterson

Thea Colynn Patterson, 18, of Sulphur Springs was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. She was one of five individuals arrested after deputies found suspected methamphetamine, Ecstasy pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a May 20 traffic stop on State Highway 11. In the grass next to the vehicle, the deputy reported finding a clear glass pipe of the kind commonly used for smoking meth in the grass next to the vehicle; Patterson later claimed the pipe, resulting in the tampering charge, police alleged in arrest reports. She was released from jail on $10,000 bond on the tampering charge on May 27, according to jail reports.


Heriberto Reyes

Indicted for theft of property valued at $2,500 or more but less than $30,000 was Heriberto Reyes. The 33-year-old Jonesboro, Arkansas man was arrested May 16 and released from jail later that day on $5,000 bond on the charge, according to arrest and jail reports.

He was reportedly hauling a cargo trailer; a records check using its identification number showed it had been reported to Benton, Arkansas authorities in 2017 as stolen, a police detective said following Reyes’ arrest. Reyes allegedly told police he bought the trailer about a month before from an individual in Memphis. He reportedly had in his possession a “certificate of origin” for the trailer, but it was not registered to him, according to police reports.


Nathaniel Dion Smith Jr.

Nathaniel Dion Smith Jr. was indicted for possession of 4 ounces or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana. Special Crimes Unit and the local SWAT Team assisted Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Team in serving a search warrant at a Drexel Drive residence on Nov. 8, 2018. During the search, a pistol, approximately $10,000 in US currency and marijuana were allegedly found at the location. The search came as a result of a Texas DPS investigation concerning marijuana being shipped from Fresno, California to be sold in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County. Smith, 29 at the time, was arrested at the location on a marijuana possession charge, according to reports following the 2018 arrest. The Sulphur Springs man was released from jail on $10,000 bond on the charge on Nov. 9, 2018, according to jail reports.


Vernon Vincent Vaughan III

Indicted for failure to comply with sex offender’s duty to register was Vernon Vincent Vaughan III. A sheriff’s investigator alleged the 42-year-old Sulphur Springs man, a convicted sex offender, did not report his address change with his primary registration authority, the sheriff’s office, 7 days prior to a new change of address, as required by Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedures. The investigator located Vaughan on July 8 on West Industrial Drive, allegedly his new address, and arrested him. He remained in Hopkins County jail Aug. 5; bond on the charge was set at $10,000, according to jail reports.


Amanda Lanell Shanks

Amanda Lanell Shanks was indicted on six separate charges: two for manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance; and one each for manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, possession of 4 grams of more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and prohibited substance or item in a correctional, civic or community facility. The 31-year-old woman has remained in the county jail since her arrest May 12 on the charges.

She was reportedly the front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped by police around 2:45 a.m. May 12 on East Industrial Drive. Shanks was allegedly seen reaching into the floorboard and looking around, as if concealing something, as the car stopped, officers alleged in arrest reports. A female jailer was requested to conducted a search of Shanks; a bulge in her pants turned out to be a small black handbag containing a substance packaged in a form suspected to be a controlled substance. Shanks admitted the suspected substance was to be delivered to another person, police alleged in arrest reports. The substance tested negative for controlled substances; Shanks was arrested for having a simulated controlled substance, police alleged in reports. The manufacture or delivery warrants were added, along with the other charges she was indicted on in August.


Kayla Marie Sessums and Raymond Antonio Sheard were indicted for possession of more than 400 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance. The pair was accused of having about 1.5 pound of THC product, marijuana packaged for sale and firearms when stopped Nov. 21, 2018, for a traffic violation on Interstate 30, according to arrest reports. Sessums was released from jail later that day; her bond was set at $30,000. Sheard was released from jail on $45,000 bond on Nov. 24, 2018, according to jail reports.


Also indicted was Gerardo Rubio Martinez on an assault of a family or household member that impeded breathing or circulation charge. He was accused of placing his hands around the neck of his 32-year-old girlfriend and applying continuous force for approximately 15 seconds, preventing her from breathing, police alleged in arrest reports. He was arrested June 22 and released from jail June 24 on $30,000 bond, according to jail reports.


The remained of the indictments were for controlled substance charges, including:

  • Samantha Deann Lee and Eddie Malone — possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
  • David Glen Self — possession of 4 grams of more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 400 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance.
  • Timothy Alan Goss — possession of 4 grams ore more but less than 400 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
  • Cameron Bain — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
  • Natalia Malia Kincaid — possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
  • Cathy Sue Pichardo, Curtis Leroy Marler and Steffany Lynne Taylor — possession of 1 gram ore more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
  • Martin Lee Contreras and John David McGee Jr. — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone.
  • Rebecca L. Maiello — two possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges.
  • Kalen Reigh Halbert, Amanda Kay Burleson-Knutson, Marquise Alfredo Hernandez, Tracy Odell Marshall, Melissa Mask Roberson, Leobardo Sanchez, Daryl Christopher White, Mario Tremaine Small and Randy Lynn Webb — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Author: Faith Huffman

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