2008-10-31 / News

Plea to be entered in murder case

Jeremiah John Ellison, 26, of Copperas Cove is expected to enter a plea Jan. 9 for capital murder that stems from a murder-for-hire case in July 2007, in which two defendants already have received life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Hidi Gower of Copperas Cove was the victim in a crime that was perpetrated by her husband, Donald Dean Gower, 40, at the Kempner VFW Post in east Lampasas County last summer.

Gower and Lampasas resident Chaka Johnson each were sentenced to prison after jury trials this year in 27th District Court with Judge Joe Carroll presiding.

In other court action, a 10-year sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division was given to Stephanie Nicole Laminack, 22, after her probation was revoked. She is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

In a case of possession of a chemical with intent to manufacture, 32-year-old Ashley Monique Montemayor of Rising Star was sentenced to eight years in the TDCJID. She also must pay a $500 fine and $215 in court costs.

Rudolpho Garza Llanas, 25, was given 18 months in state jail with credit for jail time served for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

A case of criminal mischief over $1,500 and under $20,000 against Armando Rosales, 30, was punished as a Class A misdemeanor. He must pay a $750 fine and $215 in court costs.

A motion to revoke was dismissed, and Diane Renteria Hernandez, 51, of Lubbock was ordered to continue on probation for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.

In a case of fugitive from justice, Anthony Ray Kirk Sr., 35, waived extradition to Mississippi.

Blair Duane Wright, 40, of Buena Vista, Colo., faces a Nov. 7 pretrial hearing for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

A pretrial hearing for burglary of a habitation is set Nov. 21 for Joshua Dee Daniels, 26.

Adjudication hearings are on the Dec. 5 docket for Daniel Bagley, 50, and Dana Bagley, 51, of Pocahontas, Ark., for securing/executing a document by deception.

A Jan. 26 jury trial is set for Ramiro Canales Jr., 36, of Lampasas for driving while intoxicated and felony repetition.

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