The more Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss saw of the defendant sitting in his courtroom Friday, the more questions Moss had.

Kyle James, 49, of Early, owner of Comanche Towing, was free on bonds when he entered Moss’ courtroom for a plea deal on two DWI cases. But after learning James had admitted to using  methamphetamine recently and had driven himself to court, Moss rejected the plea deal, ordered James back to jail and increased James’ bonds to $50,000 on each case.

“I’m not about to accept the plea bargain,” Moss told James. “You’re not leaving here except in handcuffs. We’ll see you Monday for trial.”

Before announcing his decision, Moss, believing he saw signs that James may have been under the influence of a substance,  recessed court. Moss sent James upstairs to the probation office for a urinalysis. But James told a probation officer he wouldn’t pass the drug screening because he’d used methamphetamine the day before, the probation officer told Moss.

Moss then set Monday as a trial date on one of the DWI cases.

The Monday trial date is for a Jan. 31, 2016 arrest in which Early police were notified of a reckless driver in a tow truck that was crossing the center stripe and weaving lane to lane. The caller was an off-duty game warden who observed the vehicle until officers could arrive and locate the vehicle.
Police stopped the vehicle on Cactus Lane in Early. A field sobriety test was conducted, and James was arrested on a DWI charge.

The bonds on the two DWI initially totaled $4,000, and were raised to $40,000 in May after James missed a court date, court records show.

In other recent court cases, according to information from District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office:

Benjamin Hernandez pleaded guilty to two offenses of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Angela Proctor, on probation for engaging in organized criminal activity, was adjudicated and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Irene Nicole Hernandez, on probation for burglary of a habitation, was adjudicated and sentenced to five years in prison.

Nikita Marie Martinez pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Vincent Griffin, on probation for DWI, was revoked and sentenced to four years in prison.

Wyatt Hughes, on probation for assault family violence — occlusion, was revoked and sentenced to four years in prison.

Jason Donyell Wright Jr. pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Shawn Ray Wishert pleaded guilty to theft over $2,500 under $30,000 and was sentenced to one year ins tate jail.

William Stinson, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was revoked and sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Nickolas Lynn West pleaded guilty to two offenses of burglary of a building and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail in each case.

Emily Baker, on probation for theft of a firearm, was adjudicated and sentenced to six months in state jail.

Michael Lee Dorman, on probation for theft of a firearm and theft over $2,500 under $30,000, was revoked and sentenced to six months in state jail.

Joseph Western Holt pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

James Dee Young Jr. pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Dustin Leigh Menifee pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Shawn Lee Davison pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Davison pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance — drug free zone and was sentenced to two years in prison. Davison also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to two years in state jail.

Mallory Brooke Basio, on probation for bail jumping and failure to appear, was adjudicated and sentenced to six years in prison.

Kent Ray Shelburne Jr. pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver — drug free zone and was sentenced to 20 years in prion.

David Wayne Bolton pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Caleb Thornhill pleaded guilty to two cases of burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to five years in prison in each. Thorn hill pleaded guilty to two additional cases of burglary of a building and was sentenced to 24 months in state jail in each case.

Jason Daniel McBride pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

David Marcus Porter pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Nicholas Osbourne Johnson Jr. pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm, evidence tampering and engaging in organized criminal activity and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Johnson pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm and engaging in organized criminal activity and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Rodney Clayton pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 20 months in state jail.