Suspended Brown County Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Lewis Parker, who is charged with the theft of nearly $12,000 in county funds, is scheduled to enter a plea Monday in 35th District Court.

The plea is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., but court records do not indicate whether there is a plea bargain.

District Attorney Micheal Murray has said his office has been in plea negotiations with Parker’s attorney, Scott Glasgow of Stephenville.

Parker was indicted in April 2006 on a charge of theft by a public servant, and a civil suit was filed seeking her removal from office.

According to the indictment, authorities allege that Parker took county funds on eight occasions in January 2006.

Parker has said she obtained a personal loan and offered to reimburse the county for the missing funds. Officials said the money from Parker has been placed into an escrow account pending the outcome of the investigation.

Parker was also indicted on a charge of “false name, false information and forgery.” Authorities allege in the indictment that Parker provided “false or incorrect information” on an application for a vehicle title on which the down payment was listed as a rebate, documents state.

In other recent court action, according to information from Murray’s office:

George Lewis Harlmon pleaded guilty to assault family violence — enhanced and possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to eight years in prison in each case.

Halston Marquis Sanders pleaded guilty to assault on a public servant and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Ramie Stieber pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Chrystal New, on probation for forgery, was revoked and sentenced to 180 days in state jail.


A Jan. 11 article in the Bulletin about the sentencing of Billy Gene Christensen should have stated that Christensen was sentenced to 25 years in prison in a shoplifting that escalated to a robbery.