Weatherford Democrat

June 20, 2013

Six teen burglary defendants sentenced


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

Six of nine people charged in connection with a teen burglary ring believed to be responsible for numerous crimes in Weatherford in September have been sentenced.

Weatherford police reported last year that the group of high school-age youth were believed responsible for 30 to 35 vehicle burglaries across the city and were trading stolen property for marijuana and methamphetamine.

The suspects targeted unlocked vehicles, taking items including electronics and any guns found inside, according to Weatherford Police Det. Joe Hopkins.

They are believed to be responsible for the theft of more than $5,300 in property, Hopkins said. Some of the stolen items were recovered but most were not.

As of last week, all but three of the suspects have been sentenced, according to Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise.

Colton Bigham, 17, who pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity and firearm smuggling, Tyler Wayne Tice, 18, who pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity, and Zachary Dwayne Yeley, 22, who pleaded guilty to firearm smuggling for receiving stolen property, received eight-year probation sentences on the third-degree charges.

Dylan Scott Simmons, 18, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity and firearm smuggling.

Dominique Shavone Curry, 17, received five years of deferred adjudication probation on an engaging in organized criminal activity charge.

A charge against 17-year-old Eric Huerta of engaging in organized criminal activity remains pending though he has not been indicted, according to DuBoise. However, Huerta has since been indicted on first degree felony charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child that are unrelated to the case.

A juvenile was also charged in connection with the case and that matter has been taken care of, DuBoise said.

Cases against two older adults charged in the case – 36-year-old Abraham Daniel, who has not yet been indicted, and 31-year-old Anthony Shane Walden – are pending, according to the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.