Wall loses probation status

August 28, 2013


The Hood County woman who had received a probated sentence in a plea deal on July 29 for trying to sell a child enjoyed only four weeks of freedom.

On Monday in district court, Heather Janette Wall, 25, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading “true” to the charge that she left Texas to go to Florida in violation of her eight-year supervised probation.

Wall testified that she didn’t recall being told by her probation officer she could not leave the state. She stated that she went to Florida to pick up her belongings and tend to an eviction notice there. Judge Ralph Walton gave her the sentence in the non-jury trial.


Gordon Ray Lewis, a 36-year-old Oak Trail Shores man who in late June became the third of three convicted in the January 2012 murder of Gene Sabin, had his motion for a new trial denied Monday.

Attorney Michael Minton argued the prosecution had not disclosed an interview a Texas Ranger conducted with a friend of Lewis. The ranger testified that Lewis’ friend told him he didn’t remember being present at a residence when the three defendants discussed the possibility of robbing T.J.’s Private Club and Cafe, where Sabin was shot.

“The defense has to show evidence has been suppressed,” District Attorney Rob Christian told Walton. “This person (Cobbs) was discussed in the previous trials.”

Lewis was found guilty of capital murder and automatically got life in prison without parole, but is appealing.

James Bradley Smith, 52, of Tolar, pleaded guilty before Walton to sexual assault of a child and, because of a previous conviction, received life in prison.

Smith submitted a confession and asked for the life sentence.

In 1987, he had been convicted of indecency with a child younger than 17, according to a court document, which states that his current charges – sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child – would be enhanced by the previous offense, which occurred in Dallas County.

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