Guilty plea in May bank robberies [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas]
(Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 30--One of two men accused of robbing banks in Lubbock and Amarillo in May accepted a plea deal for a one-count federal felony charge Friday, Aug. 30.
Gabriel Tenorio entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of aggravated bank robbery.
Tenorio's plea was one of several higher-profile deals to come before Cummings' court on Thursday and Friday this week.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop four other charges from the indictment against him. Those charges include two other aggravated bank robbery counts and one count each of possession of an unregistered firearm, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Tenorio was accused, along with Russell Eugene Heath, with holding up Lubbock National Bank, 4420 19th St. in Lubbock on May 1; Prosperity Bank, 114 University Ave., Lubbock, on May 11; and FirstBank Southwest Bank in Amarillo on May 20.
Border Patrol agents arrested Heath in Calexico, Calif, on Aug. 15 after he was seen climbing a fence to re-enter the United States illegally.
Heath has agreed to be returned to Lubbock for trial.
Heath was indicted on the same five counts as Tenorio, plus a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Child porn production
A Plainview man, Jose Francisco Madrigal Jr., pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography.
Madrigal was charged with videotaping a girl under the age of 18 while she took a shower sometime between Sept. 8 and Oct. 23, 2012.
He faces a sentence of at least 15 years but no more than 30 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
No date has been set for sentencing.
Snyder gun thefts
Three men pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in a February gun theft from a Snyder retailer.
Terrence Quincy Wells and Cord Lane Welsh both pleaded to charges on Thursday, while Jameson Wayne Bearden pleaded guilty Friday.
Wells, who prosecutors believe was one of two men who broke into Sun Electric and stole 18 handguns, pleaded guilty to one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Welsh, who prosecutors say sold one of the stolen handguns to Bearden, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Bearden, whose arrest helped unravel the crime, pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Each man faces the same maximum sentence: up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Sentencing dates have not been set.
A fourth man, David Jerome Delce, is identified in court documents as working with Wells on the break in. He pleaded guilty in July to one count of being a convicted felon with a firearm. His sentencing date is pending.
A Postal Service employee pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing retail gift cards and using them himself.
Tyron Marquis Walton faces a sentence of five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Walton pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday.
Walton, a postal service worker from 2007 to 2013, was charged with removing three Target gift cards from the mail, according to a factual resume filed with the plea agreement.
Postal customers began complaining about missing mail in January, and an initial investigation discovered Walton was using the missing Wal-Mart cards.
A sentencing date has not been set.
Child porn possession
A Slaton man on Friday pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
Stephen Carpenter faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
According to a factual resume in the court files, Carpenter pleaded guilty to having a sexually explicit video involving a child stored on the hard drive of his laptop.
Carpenter told investigators he used file-sharing software to download videos, including child pornography.
No sentencing date has been set.
Roderick Andre Hall pleaded guilty to one count of possession of less than 50 kilograms of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Drug Enforcement Agents watching Hall's house in the 2100 block of 69th Street saw the car belonging to a target they'd had under surveillance backed up to Hall's garage. The target drove to Plainview and went to the city cemetery and kneel beside a tombstone.
Agents found a bag of marijuana. A confidential informant later told DEA agents the tail had been spotted and their target had discarded the marijuana, which had come from Hall's house.
He faces a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
No sentencing date has been set.
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