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Burt, Simmons Sentenced In District Court Dec. 18

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Two men were taken into custody Wednesday, Dec. 18, after appearing before the district judge for sentencing hearings.

John Christopher Burt

John Christopher Burt, 46, of Brashear was taken into custody at 5 p.m. Dec. 18, on a 2016 indecency with a child by sexual contact charge, according to arrest reports.

Burt, according to jail reports, Burt was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the indecency charge.

He was arrested July 5, 2018 on indictments alleging one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, seven counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, according to jail reports.

Burt’s arrest in 2018 followed a lengthy investigation by Texas Attorney General’s Office and sheriff’s deputies. The AG’s office was brought in based on the fact that it was the second an outcry of sexual abuse had been made from the same time; the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the previous case involving a different defendant and, thus, attorneys there recused themselves from the investigation, authorities told KSST in 2018.

He remained in the county jail until July 9, 2019; his bond was set at $100,000 on the continuous sexual abuse charge, $40,000 each on the aggravated sexual assault charges, $5,000 on two of the indecency charges and $10,000 on one indecency charge, according to jail reports.$20,000 on indecency charges.

Daryl Christopher Simmons

Daryl Christopher Simmons, 57, of Sulphur Springs was taken into custody at 2:41 p.m. Dec. 18 at the courthouse. He was sentenced to 12 months in a state jail for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest and jail reports.

Simmons is alleged to have committed the offense on Oct. 30, 2018, and was released from jail Nov. 10 on $10,000 bond. He has an extensive criminal history which dates back to 1997 and includes alcohol, theft and misdemeanor traffic charges as well as state jail convictions for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, theft and burglary of a building, according to jail reports.

Kimberley Beth Tucker

Also taken into custody at the district courthouse Dec. 18 was Kimberley Beth Tucker, 48, of Carrollton for bond forfeiture on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

Tucker was arrested on the controlled substance charge on Sept. 19, 2018 and remained in the county jail until her release on Oct. 22, 2018, according to jail reports. She was indicted in June 2019 on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to court reports.

Jail staff took her into custody Thursday, Dec. 18, at Hopkins County District Courthouse for bond forfeiture on the charge; her new bond was set at $20,000 cash, according to jail and arrest reports.

Kristi Lynn Hooten

Taken into custody at Plane State Jail, where she was serving a 6 month sentence, and transported to Hopkins County jail Dec. 18 on a bench warrant was Kristi Lynn Hooten, according to arrest reports.

Hooten, the local insurance agent accused of pocketing people’s premiums in 2017, was sentenced in June to 10 years in prison on the theft charge, ordered to pay fees to her victims and to pay a fee in a related law suit, according to the district attorney. However, Hooten will likely serve less than 6 months in prison.

“She was sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary. However, the judge indicated that he would likely bring her back to Hopkins County before the expiration of 180 days in order to place her on probation.  This is what is referred to as ‘shock’ probation,” 8th Judicial District Attorney Will Ramsay explained following Hooten’s sentencing and arrest June 26.

Hooten, according to the district court docket, is slated to appear in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 23 for a hearing to determine whether she will be released on “shock probation.”

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Author: Faith Huffman

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