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Grand Jury indicts 25 in June session

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A Hopkins County Grand Jury in June signed at least 31 indictments against 25 people, pushing them forward for prosecution.


Charges from the June session ranged from felony assault,  injury to a child, online solicitation of a minor, assault on a public servant and attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer to theft, retaliation, burglary, felony drunk driving, evading arrest with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle –  although the majority were for possession or delivery of controlled substances, dangerous drugs and marijuana.

Royce Wayne Sewell was indicted on four charges. Sewell and Kenneth Craig Vickers were accused of burglary of a habitation. The indictments allege on April 20 both men entered a residence without the owner’s consent and “attempted to commit or committed the felony offense of Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping.” 

Vickers was also indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon; he was in possession of gun April 20, despite the fact a 2012 marijuana conviction prohibited him from possessing the gun while on community supervision, the indictment alleges.

Sewell was also indicted for attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and assault on a public servant. All three of those offenses are alleged to have occurred May 9. He is alleged to have injured Sulphur Springs Police Department Investigator Monty Tipps by striking Tipps with his arms and legs, causing Tipps to strike the pavement, while Tipps was trying to arrest him. He also is accused in the indictments of trying to take Tipps’ firearm from him and being in possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest, which occurred within 1,000 feet of the Boys and Girls Club.

Indicted for aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon was Jacob Cain Robinson. He is alleged to have stabbed Cpl. Scott Davis, a jailer at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, with an ink pen, causing bodily injury to the jailer, when Scott tried to give the inmate food on May 22.

Austin Silas Jassman and Jonathan Ryan Swindell were each indicted for assault family violence-impeding breathing. Jassman is alleged to have applied pressure to a family member’s throat or neck, impeding normal breathing or circulation or blood, on May 19. Swindell is accused of applying pressure to the throat or neck of his girlfriend, with whom who he lived on May 28.

Indicted for injury to a child were Jammi Sherres McDonald and David Ray Penny. Both are  accused of causing bodily injury to a child who was 14 years of age or younger by hitting the child on the head and face, and by kicking the child on the back, head and foot, the indictments allege.

Reginald Brandon Edge was indicted for online solicitation of a minor. He is alleged May 15 to have knowingly solicited over the Internet and by text message to have a minor meet and “engage in sexual conduct” with him.

Indicted for retaliation was Rebecca Melton Pienaar. She is accused of threatening to kill a female officer at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office in retaliation for the officer conducting her duties. The offense is alleged to have occurred on April 26.

Burglary of a habitation indictments were issued for Sheila Ann Hankins and Thomas Earl Reliford Jr. Hankins was alleged to have entered another woman’s house with intent to commit theft May 14, 2012, the indictment alleges. Reliford is alleged on April 20 of unlawfully appropriating, by acquiring or exercising control over tools and tool boxes with a total value of at least $1,500 but less than $20,000 from the man who owned them.

A theft indictment was issued against Minnie Bernice Matthews Martin. She is alleged to have stolen household and consumable goods from Wal-Mart on Jan. 27, a charge enhanced to a felony because she’s been convicted twice before of theft.

Shanon Wayne Morris was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Morris is alleged on April 20 to have taken a man’s vehicle without his permission.

Tracy Junior Pierce was indicted for evading arrest with a vehicle. Pierce is accused in the indictment of using a vehicle to flee from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Corley Weatherford, who was attempting to lawfully arrest the defendant on May 20.

Indicted on felony drunk driving charges were Laura Galvan and Tony Tyron Sanders. Galvan was alleged to have been  driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, a female family member, who was younger than 15 years on May 12. Sanders is alleged on March 2 to have been driving while intoxicated, marking at least the third time he’s been charged with the offense; he has two prior drunk driving convictions on his permanent record, the indictment accuses.

David Carl Harvey was indicted for delivery of a dangerous drug. He is alleged on Sept. 4, 2012, to have sold to an individual Cyclobenzaprine HCL, a drug that bears or is required to bear the legend “Caution: federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription or Rx only.”

Among those indicted June 17 for marijuana or controlled substance possession charges were:

n Benjamin David Gibbs — less than one gram of methamphetamine, Nov. 15, 2012

n Keith Louis Blankenship — less than one gram meth, March 14

n Scott Edward Jackson — less than one gram  meth, Oct. 26

n Jeremy Allen Johnson — four grams or more but less than 200 grams of meth, April 27

n Regina Dawn McVay — less than one gram meth, March 14

n Robert Lynn White — less than one gram meth, September

n Willie Donald Hatchett — more than five pounds but no more than 50 pounds of marijuana, April 16

n Otis Meadows Jr. — more than four ounces but no more than five pounds marijuana, Nov. 24, 2012

n Daven Christopher Stewart — more than four ounces but no more than 5 pounds marijuana, March 2010




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