Nine indicted for illegal horse racing operation

Nine individuals were indicted for racing without a license after an illegal horse racing operation was discovered in Springtown in October.

A Parker County grand jury indicted nine individuals for racing without a license on Dec. 19 after an illegal horse racing operation was discovered in Springtown in October.

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, as well as several other agencies, in arresting the individuals at the operation at 1377 Walnut Creek Drive in Springtown. Dozens of horses were found to be forced to race illegally in an unsanctioned race and numerous large syringes and drug paraphernalia were found on the scene.

“The Racing Act was established in order to keep horses from racing more than once in a 24-hour period,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a previous release. “Most of the horses and jockeys were found to be racing twice in the same weekend. These laws were created to protect them.”

Law enforcement officials said illegal shocking devices, typically used to enhance the performance of horses, were also found at the scene.

The individuals are Jessica Judith Davila, Yesenia Garza, Blanca Gonsalez, Edgar Valentin Mendoza, Juan Francisco Renteria, Ever Noruf Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Pablo Erasmo Solis, Ivan Raymundo Suarez and Alonso Venzor. According to the sheriff’s office, Garza was discovered to be the head of the operation.

“Each of these defendants is charged with the third degree felony offense of conducting a horse race without a license,” Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said. “A conviction for this offense carries with it a punishment of two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The cases were assigned to the 415th District Court, Judge Graham Quisenberry presiding. They are scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 5, 2020 and will reach the trial docket in May.”

Others indicted on Dec. 19 include:

• Jay Anthony Alcaraz, aggravated assault of a date/family/household member with a weapon.

• Williams F. Calkins, theft of property, more than $2,500, less than $30,000.

• Judson Javier Carbajal, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Justin Billy Clift, burglary of a building.

• Rodney Don Davidson, driving while intoxicated, third or more.

• Billy Scott Dillingham, unlicensed possession of a firearm by a felon.

• Brett Matthew Gordon, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Patricia Ann Hawkins, accident involving injury.

• Robert Dale King, possession of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Colten Wayne Lackey, nine counts of possession of child pornography.

• Danyhl Starr Lain, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Larry Dale Langley, Jr., assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation.

• Jonathan Doyle Lenderman, evading arrest detention with vehicle.

• Natanie Marie Miears, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Alexander Lee Patton, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Audrie Marie Robertson, two counts of injury to child/elderly/disabled with intent of bodily injury.

• Elizabeth Ly’Anna Rodriguez, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Walkisha Ann Strait, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Troy Everett Thompson, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Kyle Eric Wallgren, assault of family/household member by impeding breath/circulation.

• Darrell Wayne Wise, evading arrest detention with vehicle.

• Sean Allen Davis, aggravated assault of a date/family/household member with a weapon.

• Narcisco Robert Espinoza, III, driving while intoxicated, third or more.

• Sandra Dee Hurley, possession of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Christopher Allen Kuhn, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams.

• Omar Alberto Martinez, Jr., possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, in a drug free zone.

• Phylesha Renee Mirelez, possession of a controlled substance, more than 4 grams, less than 400 grams.

• Gerrett Heather O’Keefe, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Robert Lee Perez, possession of a controlled substance, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams.

• Mikayla Marie Pruitt, forgery of financial instrument.

• Russell Lynn Rodriguez, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, and forgery of financial instrument.

• David Lee Skaggs, II, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Tiffany Nicole Smith, prohibited substance/item in a correctional facility.

• Kristin Kaye Stone, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Natalee Fay Taylor, assault of family/household member with a previous conviction. 

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