A Nolanville woman was sentenced to 10 years of deferred adjudication probation in Judge John Gauntt’s 27th District Court for her participation in the July 2 burglary of a Nolanville residence.

Ceida Monae Williams, 19, of Nolanville was indicted July 29 on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Information obtained from an arrest warrant indicated that police were called to a residence where the victim told officers numerous items were missing from his home, including guitars, electronics, a firearm and numerous personal items.

According to court testimony, Williams was one of at least three co-conspirators who broke into the residence. In that testimony, Williams told Judge Gauntt’s court she took a firearm, which she intended to sell for money.

Williams’ defense attorney argued for probation, citing William’s scant criminal history and her young age.

Prosecutor Nelson Barnes argued that the homeowners deserved justice as many items of significant monetary and sentimental value were taken during the burglary.

Following Williams’ guilty plea, Judge Gauntt sentenced Williams to 10 years of deferred adjudication, a $2,000 fine and $4,862 in restitution.

Gauntt further warned Williams to abide by the rules of her probation, stating; “Your life as a child is over. If you come back to me, the full range of punishment will be available.”

In the event Williams fails to abide by the terms of her probation, including payment of fines, restitution and probation fees, she could face probation revocation, which would subject her to considerably more severe remedies in line with the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure.

In Texas, for criminal justice purposes, a person is considered an adult at age 17. A 19-year old is no longer a child.

French Horn theft

An inept thief faced justice after entering a guilty plea in Judge Gauntt’s 27th District Court to stealing a Conn 8D French horn from Harker Heights High School in March.

Jordan Caron Harris, 19, a former Harker Heights High School student, was convicted of the theft following his guilty plea. In a plea bargain, Harris’ punishment would be capped at two years deferred probation.

According to an arrest affidavit, David Norris, Harker Heights high School band director, reported the $6,900 instrument stolen March 13 after receiving a call from Band Room co-owner Ken Wood that he was in possession of the instrument after Harris attempted to sell it to him.

Wood determined the instrument was the property of the Harker Heights High School and refused to release the instrument to Harris.

According to the arrest affidavit, Harris abruptly left the Band Room store and drove off in a black Scion.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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