District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office is preparing for a change in personnel with the upcoming resignation of assistant district attorney Christina Moss and the hiring of veteran prosecutor Terri Moore for the office.
    Moss’ last day is Aug. 18 as she leaves to work in sales in the business owned by her father.
    Terri Moore, whose experience includes about 15 years in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, starts working in Murray’s office Aug. 21.
    Moore also worked in civil practice and worked for about 15 years as enforcement attorney for the Department of Aging and Disability.

Charles Johnson conviction    
    A 35th District Court jury convicted Charles Johnson, 47, of possession of marijuana and money laundering Thursday after a four-day trial. District Judge Steve Ellis sentenced Johnson to 20 years in prison on the marijuana conviction and two years in state jail for money laundering.
    The jury acquitted Johnson on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
    Johnson was convicted of sexual assault of a child in August 2005 in Collin County, an indictment enhancement paragraph states.
    Johnson possessed between five and 50 pounds of marijuana on Nov. 22, 2014, the indictment alleged.
    
Michael Zarate pre-trial hearing
    In a pre-trial hearing Friday, defense attorney Tommy Adams will ask District Judge Steve Ellis to suppress statements his client, murder defendant Michael Zarate, allegedly made to police, court documents state.
    Zarate, 34, is scheduled to stand trial beginning Sept. 11 in the November 2014 shooting death of Ernesto Gonzales Jr. in Brownwood.
    Adams’ motion to suppress does not specify what Zarate told police, but police obtained the statements in violation of Zarate’s right to remain silent and right to counsel, the motion states.
    
Additional cases
    In other recent court cases, according to information from Murray’s office:
    Hannah Jana Poucher pleaded guilty to two offenses of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver — drug free zone and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    Mikala Olivarez, on probation for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, was revoked and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    Reynaldo Salazar pleaded guilty to evading arrest and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
    Amelia Thompson pleaded no contest to delivery of a controlled substance and deliver of a dangerous drug and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.
    Christopher Michael Riley pleaded guilty to assault family violence — occlusion and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
    Tomas Alejandro Salinas pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
    Jose Claudio Galaviz Jr. pleaded guilty to repeated violation of court order or condition of bond and assault family violence — enhanced and was sentenced to six years in prison.
    Christopher Lester pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to six years in prison.
    Eric Jermaine Fields Jr. pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance — drug free zone and was sentenced to three years in prison.
    Yunuen Eloisa Gamez pleaded guilty to abandoning a child and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.