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3 Sentenced In District Court On Controlled Substance Charges, 1 On Firearm And 1 On Assault Charge

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Five individuals were sentenced in the 8th Judicial District Court this week, three on controlled substance charges, and one each on firearm and assault charges, according to the court reports and the District Attorney’s Office.

Micah Wayne Reynolds

Micah Wayne Reynolds was accused of two counts of assault of a family or household member with previous conviction. The 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested in March 2020 for allegedly assaulting a woman by grabbing her and causing redness and scratching to her face, then again on Nov. 21, 2020 for allegedly punching his ex-wife in the face, causing pain, and shoving her to the floor with her children witnessing the assault, according to arrest reports.

Reynolds, as part of a 12.45 agreement, pled true to the motion to proceed with adjudication on one charge and was sentenced to 7 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ (prison). The other pending assault of family or household member was dismissed pursuant to TPC 12.45, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

John Matthew Perez

John Matthew Perez was sentenced Tuesday to 5 years in prison on a Nov. 12, 2019 possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge.

Police reported finding the 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man on Nicholson Street, where he was accused of removing items from another man’s residence without permission on Nov. 12, 2019. He admitted to taking items and drug paraphernalia was located. He was taken to jail, where a bag containing suspected methamphetamine was found in his boot, resulting in Perez being charged with controlled substance possession, police alleged in arrest reports. Perez has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest on Nov. 12, 2019, according to jail reports.

Linton Brandon Keyton

Linton Brandon Keyton was accused of manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. The 34-year-old Mount Pleasant man pled guilty Feb. 23 in the 8th Judicial District Court to the lesser included offense of delivery of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in an amount greater than 1 gram but less than 4 grams and was sentenced to 2 years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice. However, Keyton was given credit for time at the time of the plea.

The controlled substance offense, according to the Feb. 23 court docket, occurred on or about Sept. 18, 2018. Keyton was taken into custody at Hutchins State Jail  Hopkins County jail on Nov. 20, 2020, and remained in Hopkins County jail until Feb. 23, 2021, when he was released with credit for time served previously on the charge, according to jail, court and arrest reports.

Bryer Ray Parnell

Bryer Ray Parnell plead guilt Feb. 23 to theft of firearm as part of what is referred to as a 12.45 agreement, which refers to Texas Penal Code 12.45, which requires the defendant to plead guilty to an offense and admit responsibility for one or more additional offenses, which can be taken into account by the judge during punishment.

The 18-year-old Como resident admitted guilt to the April 6 theft of firearm charge and three pending controlled substance charges were dropped. Parnell received a sentence of 10 years deferred adjudication on community supervision and a $1,500 fine on the theft of firearm charge, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Parnell was also arrested on a warrant for the charge on May 20 and was released from Hopkins County jail on a $5,000 bond on the charge the next day, according to arrest and jail reports. The Como teen was arrested May 15 on two possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges. He allegedly had one bag containing a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine and another containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, officers noted in arrest reports.

He too was arrested Feb. 23, 2020, for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance after claiming a bag of Ecstasy pills found in a vehicle curing a traffic stop, according to arrest reports.

The controlled substance charges were dismissed on Feb. 23, according to the 12.45 agreement, the DA’s Office reported.

Kevin Dwayne Turner

Kevin Dwayne Turner was alleged Dec. 23, 2019 to have been in possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance.

Troopers, in arrest reports, alleged finding during a routine Interstate 30 traffic stop on Dec. 23, 2019:

  • a suspected homemade Ecstasy pill in the 29-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas man’s pocket;
  • a small container with a green, leafy substance the trooper believed to be marijuana with a label that had THC written on it, under the front passenger’s seat, where Turner had been sitting; and
  • a semi automatic handgun in a backpack on the back seat in the area Turner had reportedly been reaching at the time of the stop.

Turner was indicted on a controlled substance charge in September of 2020. However, as part of a 12.44(a) plea agreement, referring to Title 3, Chapter 12, Section 44(a) of Texas Penal Code, the state jail conviction was punished as a Class A misdemeanor pursuant, for which he was sentenced in district court on a Feb. 23, 2021, to 7 days in the Hopkins County jail. He had already served the 7 days in custody at the time he made the plea and was released on the charge, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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