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4 Sentenced On Felony Charges In District Court

In Zoom streamed court hearings, 4 were sentenced on felony charges Thursday afternoon in the 8th Judicial District Court. Three men were assessed jail time and a woman’s probation was modified, as a result of plea agreements.

For each, the judge was located in the district court building on Rosemont Street, which is now open with COVID-19 measures in place for visitors to view proceedings in accordance with guidelines established for court systems.

The defendants were in custody at the location jail, where they were located during the Zoom proceedings. In some instance, defense attorneys joined their clients and in others they streamed in live from other locations. Prosecutors also streamed in from other locations as well. The district court reporter also was logged into the Zoom meeting. Proceedings were also streamed live on the 8th Judicial District Court YouTube feed.

David Glenn Self

David Glenn Self pled guilty to a May 2019 possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, and accepted a sentence of 5 years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Also as part of the plea agreement, another May 2019 controlled substance charge was dismissed, pursuant to 12.45 of the Texas Penal Code.

Hopkins County jail reports show the 39-year-old Longview man was booked into and has remained in Hopkins County jail since May 30, 2019 on both controlled substance charges, and also had a violation of parole warrant.

While serving the Self with the warrant, Hopkins County Sheriff‘s deputies alleged finding multiple clear plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine, mirrors with what was believed to be meth residue on them, THC oil vials with a cigarette and other drug paraphernalia in the Broadway Street motel room where he was found. Self claimed the substances and was arrested May 30 on both the warrant and two controlled substance charges, HCSO deputies noted in Self’s 2019 arrest report.

Steven Lamar Johnson

Steven Lamar Johnson pled guilt to violation of probation, which he was on community supervision for a burglary of habitation charge. The 30-year-old was sentenced to 7 years, with credit for back time served in jail from the time of his arrest in January 2019 through April 20, as well as any other time he was jailed on these charges.

He will be assessed court costs, fees and attorney fees. This sentence is to be served concurrently with a sentence for a conviction in another county. A misdemeanor theft charge will be dismissed as part of the deal.

Johnson was first arrested on Aug. 21, 2013 on a warrant for a burglary of a habitation charge. He was released from the county jail on Sept. 25, 2013, and had been serving time on probation on the charge. He was booked into Hopkins County jail on Jan. 22, 2020 on a warrant for violation of probation on the burglary charge as well as bond forfeiture on a misdemeanor theft charge, according to jail reports. The latter charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement

Rodney Edward Petrea Jr.

Rodney Edward Petrea, Jr. plead guilty to the minimum sentence on a possession of a controlled substance charge, which had previously been enhanced to make it a drug-free zone violation. As part of the plea agreement, a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge will be dismissed, but the 28-year-old Sulphur Springs man will be required to pay $1,264.45 restitution. He also owes $180 for lab tests, a fine and court fees.

By pleading guilty agreement, Petrea is to serve the state minimum of 2 years in prison, with credit for any time served on the charge. Because the charge has the added drug-free zone enhancement, Petrea will be required to serve the entire two-year sentence, day-for-day, with no possibility of parole.

Petrea has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest on New Year’s Day for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and criminal mischief.

The 28-year-old and another man were arrested Jan. 1, 2020, at a Calvert Street residence. Officers had gone to the location to serve a warrant and found the pair. Petrea was allegedly sitting in a chair beside a dresser, holding narcotics paraphernalia in his hand. Suspected narcotics were allegedly observed by police to be in plain view on a dresser, police alleged in arrest reports.

Shawna Jean Clay

Shawna Jean Clay’s probation was modified, requiring her go to a commitment in a long-term residential drug rehabilitation facility.

The 34-year-old Winnsboro woman, as part of the deal, waived indictment and allowed officials to file a new case against her by information, for a Jan. 18 engaging in organized criminal activity, for her involvement in a residential burglary. In that case, she received 10 years of deferred adjudication probation and must also complete the drug rehabilitation program as a condition of her probation. She will also be required to testify if the criminal activity case involving codefendants goes to trail.

Another condition of her probation stipulates that she pay full restitution to the victim of the burglary. If Clay fails to successfully complete these requirements or any other probation conditions, she faces a term of 5-99 years, or life, in the penitentiary with aggravated parole rules, according to Assistant District Attorney Matt Harris.

Clay was among five arrested following a Jan. 17 burglary investigation conduct which lead HCSO officers and investigators to a County Road 2390 address. Overall, the arrests cleared cases in two counties; resulted in recovery of 10 stolen weapons, two stolen vehicles and multiple tools; and discovery of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the January sheriff’s and arrest reports.

The Winnsboro woman has remained in Hopkins County jail since her arrest in January.

Hopkins County District Court Building

The Hopkins County Sheriff‘s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.


KSSTRadio.com publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.

The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.


KSSTRadio.com publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.

The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.

Author: Faith Huffman

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