Woman released after trying to sell baby

February 22, 2014

A former Hood County woman who began serving a 10-year prison sentence in August for attempting to sell a baby after violating probation is getting another chance at freedom.

Heather Janette Wall, 26, who lists a home address in Kemp, on Tuesday was granted shock probation in the third-degree felony case by District Judge Ralph Walton in a hearing with her court-appointed attorney, Michael W. Minton, District Attorney Rob Christian said.

The judge ordered Wall to be released, and placed on 10 years of probation, Christian explained.

Wall pleaded guilty and was placed on eight years of supervised probation on July 29. During an Aug. 26 hearing, Wall pleaded “true” to the allegation that she had violated terms of her probated sentence by traveling out of state, to Florida, and began what turned out to be about six months in prison.

“To be eligible, the defendant must not have a prior felony conviction,” Christian said. “The defendant must serve approximately six months in prison prior to his or her release.”

Wall must complete substance abuse treatment as a condition of her probation, Christian said.

On Jan. 15, 2013, Wall and the child’s biological father, Randall Scott Bonneville, were arrested in Mabank by members of the Hood County Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Texas Rangers. They were charged with attempting to sell a 1-month-old baby that had been taken from the home of the biological mother in Corsicana when it was about a week old.

“I did not oppose Ms. Wall’s request for shock probation,” Christian said. “I hope that the six months she has served in prison got her attention. If she violates the conditions of her probation, she faces 10 years in prison.”

Bonneville, 25, was sentenced on Oct. 15 to a 7-year prison sentence.

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