In December 2018, two grand juries, both impaneled by the 123rd Judicial District Court of Shelby County, returned 84 true bills of indictment

In December 2018, two grand juries, both impaneled by the 123rd Judicial District Court of Shelby County, returned 84 true bills of indictment.

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On December 13, 2018, and December 17, 2018, in the 123rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge LeAnn Rafferty presiding, the Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires disposed of 14 cases.  This included State v. Evans, Cause Number 18-CR-20582, where the defendant received 3 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division for the charge of Escape.  Also resolved was State v. Smith, Cause Number 16-CR-19718, where defendant was required to complete sex offender probation, and will be under lifetime sex offender registration requirements.  Numerous other cases, in addition to the ones that were disposed, were called for various pre-trial purposes.

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On December 20, 2018, Defendant Curvie Brinson was sentenced to twenty (20) years incarceration in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division by the Honorable Judge LeAnn Rafferty of the 123rd Judicial District Court of Shelby County.  This followed a jury trial conducted by District Attorney Stephen Shires on December 10, 2018, where the defendant was found guilty of the criminal offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance by a Shelby County Jury.

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On December 21, 2018, Defendant Luis Ruiz was sentenced to three terms of confinement for 24 months each in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice State Jail Division by the Honorable Judge LeAnn Rafferty of the 123rd Judicial District Court.  This followed a bench trial conducted by District Attorney Stephen Shires on the same day where the defendant was found guilty of three counts of the criminal offense of Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements.  Twenty –four months was the maximum sentence for which the defendant could be sentenced.

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On January 8, 2019, the Shelby County Grand Jury for the 273rd Judicial Court was impaneled by the newly sworn-in Judge James A. Payne Jr.  In an abbreviated setting, the grand jury returned 23 true bills of indictment.

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On January 17, 2019, in the 273rd Judicial District Court, Honorable Judge James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, the Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires disposed of 14 cases.  This included State v. Lee, Cause Number 18-CR-20657, where the defendant received 6 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division for the charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  In State v. Wuyts, Cause Numbers 18-CR-20735, 19-CR-21009, 19-CR-21010, the defendant received 2 years in each case in the Texas Department of Corrections Criminal Justice Institutional Division for drug charges and a forgery charge.  Numerous other cases, in addition to the ones that were disposed, were called for various pre-trial purposes.