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Wharton County DA’s Office secures prison terms for offenders

The probation of three individuals were revoked last week in the 329th District Court and sentenced to prison terms totaling 62 years, according to Wharton County District Attorney Dawn Allison. 

The prosecution alleged that in addition to not fulfilling the terms of their probation, each probationer committed new crimes while on probation.

Judge Randy Clapp presided over and sentenced the defendants in each hearing, according to the DA’s office. 

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Tremain Mitchell, 40, of Hungerford, was sentenced on Sept. 28 to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. 

Mitchell was on probation for assault of a public servant, facing a maximum of 10 years for the assault.

He was represented by attorney Christopher Marshall.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 30, a 28-year-old El Campo man was sentenced to 12 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. 

Leonardo Sanchez was on probation for burglary of a habitation, facing a maximum of 20 years TDCJ.

He was represented by attorney Mark Racer.

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Alec Carranza was sentenced on Oct. 1 to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. 

The 21-year-old El Campo resident was on probation for aggravated robbery for stealing from a Wharton resident at gunpoint in 2017. 

Due to the nature of this offense, the defendant will have to serve a minimum of half the sentence (20 years) before he’s parole eligible, according to the district attorney. 

He was represented by attorney John Perches.

Wharton County Assistant District Attorneys Bryan Honeycutt and Lloyd Kleiman presented these cases on behalf of the state. 

“Probation is an amazing opportunity for people who need a second chance and want to improve their lives,” Honeycutt said. “We want rehabilitation to be the default, but when you endanger the community and turn good people into victims, the community has to come first.”

Natalie Frels-Busbyhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Natalie Frels-Busby is the former editor-in-chief of The County Gin.

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