Man sentenced to life in prison for sex assault

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After entering a plea of guilty in October, James Ray Cryer, Jr., 42, was sentenced by Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd District Court in Athens, to life in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault. Cryer was also convicted of Unlawful Restraint for which he received a sentence of 10 years.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Keon Mack, Jailers Clayton Teel and Brittney Owens, along with the victim testified at the November 8, 2017, sentencing hearing.

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Grand Jury Report for Nov. 6

Henderson County District Attorney Mark Hall reports that the Henderson County Grand Jury for the July-December term 2017 returned the following indictments. In addition, 10 cases are indicted under seal.

  • Jason William Byrne, 35, Kaufman, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Kirk Wayne Sandlin, 37, Kemp, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Bob Allen Stripling, 61, Trinidad, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Jeffrey Wade Wheeler, 43, Athens, indicted for Burglary
  • Brittney Madree Shelton, 31, Malakoff, indicted for Forgery
  • Andrew Ransom Fullington, JR, 28, Seagoville, indicted for Unlawful Possession of Firearm
  • Daniel Lee Clifton, 38, Mabank, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated
  • Jorge Enrique Pina, JR, 30, Chandler, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One and Tampering
  • Jeffrey Troy Barton, 27, Chandler, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One and Tampering
  • Sherry Kay Brooks, 35, indicted for Tampering
  • Paul Alton Ely, JR, 50, Athens, indicted Driving While Intoxicated
  • Scott Russell Yager, 29, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Dawneva Renae White, 27, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Damon Ray Party, 44, Athens, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Andrew Alan Page, 36, Chandler, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One
  • Christopher Michael Bedingfield, 28, Tyler, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One
  • Jeremiah Jason McGregor, 30, Willis Point, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One and Unlawful Possession of Firearm
  • Harley David Box, 32, Seven Points, indicted for Possession of Prohibited Weapon and Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Sallie Cartwright Stokes, 40, Athens, indicted for Injury to a Child
  • Ronda Denise Robinson, 54, Frankston, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Naomie Cherie Turner, 18, Trinidad, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Teresa Musser Lusk, 45, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Jimmy Lee Andes, 60, Mabank, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated
  • Taylor Gail Stuart, 22, Mabank, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility
  • Wesley James Holmes, 36, Mabank, indicted for Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Possession of Firearm
  • Hunter Dylan Peters, 26, Kaufman, indicted for Theft
  • Tresmond Dwayne Ray, 25, Athens, indicted for Aggravated Assault
    Reginald Lamar Johnson, 50, Athens, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention
  • Austin Maxwell Daugherty, 27, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Brady Keith Burnett, 19, Larue, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Amanda JoAnn Galyeon, 40, Chandler, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility
  • Stephan Grant Ivie, 26, Frankston, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Rodney Lamont Ray, 35, Athens, indicted for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements
  • Raychel Denise Ortiz, 32, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Tracy Lee Odell, 37, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information
  • Rodney Wayne Baker, 48, Athens, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Laquisha Renee Rose, 24, Athens, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility
  • Ethan Lee Christian, 26, Whitehouse, indicted for Theft
  • James Michael McCraw, 36, Athens, indicted for Forgery
  • Damarken Kacy Crawford, 26, Malakoff, indicted for Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility
  • Elveno Ray Harvey, JR, 51, Athens, indicted for Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Derrick Alton Fulton, 37, Athens, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention
  • Misty Dawn Stokes, 31, Athens, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Rachel Nicole Meador, 30, Athens, indicted for Forgery
  • Robert Lee Neal, II, 30, Athens, indicted for Theft
  • Jose Luna Morales, 60, Athens, indicted for Aggravated Assault
  • Terry Hardy Tedder, 57, Kemp, indicted for Theft
  • Patrick Dewayne Davis, 37, Athens, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Teraga Glen Phillips, 45, Athens, indicted for Assault
  • Bradley Shane Hughes, 42, Malakoff, indicted for Assault
  • Jacob Paul Lobello, 17, Athens, indicted for Burglary
  • Jacob Stewart Michaels, 19, Brownsboro, indicted for Burglary
  • Aaron Nathaniel Farmer, 19, Brownsboro, indicted for Burglary
  • Stacy Morton Stewart, 47, Chandler, indicted for Assault
  • Kelly Ray Clark, 31, Dallas, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Pamela Juanita Merrifield, 52, Seagoville, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Esmerelda Juarez, 32, indicted for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child
  • Enrique Juarez, 47, Ft. Worth, indicted for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child
  • John Christopher Lee Henshaw, 23, indicted for Theft
  • Kaemen Trey Godwin, 19, Athens, indicted for four counts of Aggravated Assault and Possession of Marijuana
  • Bertha Elena Vasquez, 52, Trinidad, indicted for Exploitation of an Elderly Individual

Grand Jury Report – Oct. 23, 2017

Henderson County District Attorney Mark Hall reports that the Henderson County Grand Jury for the July-December term 2017 returned the following indictments. In addition, 7 cases are indicted under seal.

  • David Richard Sharp, 50, Eustace, indicted for Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography
  • Arturo Casas, 19, Chandler, indicted for Sexual Assault
  • Krystal Dawn Miller, 41, Athens, indicted for Burglary of a Habitation and Aggravated Assault
  • Holly Ann Walker, 45, Mabank, indicted for Theft
  • Houston Ray Voyles, 30, Murchison, indicted for Aggravated Assault
  • Dewayne Paul Geraldson, 23, Paris, indicted for Evading Arrest or Detention x2
  • David Jose Sanders, II, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearm
  • David Gregory Nafus, 30, Mabank, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Billy Charles Hogue, JR, Mabank, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Jeremy Shaynne Meeks, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One and Tampering with Evidence
  • Adrian Ortiz-Flores, 47, Gun Barrel City, indicted for Aggravated Assault
  • Matthew Kristopher Walker, 36, Beaumont, indicted for Theft
  • Jacob Wayne McKelvey, 24, Chandler, indicted for Theft
  • Allen Ray Key, 61, Athens, indicted for Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear and Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Anando Lamorris Robert, 40, Athens, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
  • David Earl Jackson, 36, Athens, indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
  • Robert Joe Haller, 42, Mabank, indicted for Aggravated Assault and Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group One, and Unlawful Possession of Firearm
  • Robert Tate Scott, 42, Mabank, indicted for Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Possession of Firearm
  • Dena Renee Hilton, 28, Athens, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance and Prohibited Substance in Correctional Facility
  • Donald Earl Batey, JR, 21, Tyler, indicted for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
  • Houston Stewart Ashton, 23, Athens, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Kyle Lynn Stutts, 36, Athens, indicted for Driving While Intoxicated
  • Briana Jean Denis, 23, Malakoff, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Lewis Knox Naquin, 44, Athens, indicted for Continuous Violence Against the Family
  • Stefani Marie Beiter, 25, Washington, indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Edgar Matthew Whatley, JR, Log Cabin, indicted for Debit or Credit Card Abuse
  • Nakoda Wayne Posey, 18, Athens, indicted for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Arson, and Cruelty to Animals

Danna Lynn Busby sentenced to 30 years for murder

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Danna Lynn Busby, 55, Ben Wheeler, was sentenced to 30 years confinement in the Texas Department of Corrections – Institutional Division, for the murder of Wendell Harris, 54, of Brownsboro.

A jury found Busby guilty on July 21, 2017 after a week of testimony and arguments by counsel. She opted to have 173rd District Court Judge Dan Moore assess her punishment upon completion of a Pre-Sentence Investigation report.

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