6 Sentenced In District Court

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At least six people were sentenced Dec. 5-7, 2022, in the Eighth Judicial District Court, according to court reports and records.

Sabrina Nicole Floyd

Sabrina Nicole Floyd on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, was scheduled to appear for a trial before the court on a motion to proceed with an abandoning or endangering of a child-criminal neglect charge. Floyd pled true to violating her probation by smoking marijuana and methamphetamine. During a contested hearing, the defense asked that she be allowed to continue serving her sentence on probation, with a stipulation that she complete an outpatient rehab program. Prosecutors asked that she be ordered to an incarcerated rehab program or a prison sentence. She was sentenced to 12 months in prison on the charge, according to court reports.

The charge stems from a March 19, 2021, incident in which the Como woman was accused of endangering her three young children (ages 3, 6 and 8) by striking a gate so hard it caused significant damage to the pickup she was driving. She reportedly told sheriff’s officers she acted in anger toward her boyfriend, who’d locked the gate to the Main Street residence in Como.

Shaunta Danielle Bell

Shaunta Danielle Bell was scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, for a trial before court on a motion to proceed with a possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Bell pled true to violating her probation by not reporting methamphetamine use. The hearing was contested as well. Her sentence was amended, requiring Bell to complete the rehabilitation program at Morgan’s Mercy Mansion.

Bell was arrested on the original controlled substance charge on Aug. 5, 2020, and indicted on the charge in October of 2020.

No HCSO jail photo available for Jared Price

Jared Price also was scheduled during the 1:30 p.m. court session Dec. 6, to appear for a trial before the court on a motion to proceed on an unauthorized use of a vehicle charge. Price pled true to violating his deferred probation by contacting a person he was not allowed to contact. Price was adjudicated and sentenced to 1 year in the county jail, a sentence suspended for a period of 2 years on which he was placed on community supervision. He will also be required to do 30 days in the county jail as a condition of the new probation, a term that began that day.

Kendall Ashley Simpson

Kendall Ashley Simpson pled guilty Dec. 6, 2022, to a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, as part of a plea agreement. She was then placed on 7 years of deferred probation on the 3rd degree felony offense and assessed a $1,000 fine. Simpson is also required to not only enroll in an outpatient drug rehab program no later than 30 days from the date of the plea, but must complete the program as well.

Joe Dan Whitworth, Jr.

Joe Dan Whitworth Jr. appeared during the 9 a.m. court session Dec. 7 for a in a trial before court on a motion to revoke his probation on a manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge Whitworth Jr. pled true to violating his probation for using methamphetamine. He asked the judge to consider sentencing him to an outpatient rehab. Prosecutors requested he be be required to serve a prison sentence. Whitworth was adjudicated and sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

Dalton Shane Dakota Wallace

Dalton Shane Dakota Wallace arranged to plead guilty on evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge in the 8th Judicial District Court during the 1:30 p.m. session Dec. 7, 2022. As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 5 years of deferred probation and a $1,000 fine. Wallace was also ordered to complete Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), which is a cognitive rehabilitation program. Per the terms of the agreed upon sentence, Wallace is required to enroll in the MRT program no later than 30 days from the date of the plea.

Wallace was arrested April 4, 2022, after a vehicle chase from Hopkins into Wood County, that concluded when Wallace lost control of the vehicle he was driving, went off the road and struck a tree, officers alleged following the incident.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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