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The following defendants were among those listed on recent dockets for the 81st District Court in Wilson County:

DeAngelo Martinez, 32, of San Antonio was charged with theft of a firearm valued at less than $400, after allegedly taking a firearm with the intent of depriving the owner of his property in June 2020. He waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) to the charges Jan. 3. A two-year sentence in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility was suspended, and he was placed on community supervision for three years and ordered to pay fines, court costs, and fees.

Megan Michelle Park, 43, of Floresville was charged with two counts of theft of cattle, horses, or exotic livestock with a value of less than $150,000, after allegedly appropriating horses from two owners in February 2021 with the intent of depriving the owners of their property. (See “Owner recovers horses; deputies arrest theft suspects,” March 17, 2021, Wilson County News.) She pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) and was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication, but was arrested Sept. 23, 2022, on a motion to revoke her bond. The terms of her conviction were modified Jan. 3 to include 15 consecutive days of confinement in the Wilson County Jail beginning no later than Feb. 2, and participation in an anger-management program within 180 days.

Kurtis Lee Gonzales Jr., 31, of Stockdale was charged with manufacture or delivery of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, after allegedly possessing methamphetamine in June 2021 with intent to deliver it to another. (See “Evidence indicates drug sales, use at Stockdale residence; one arrested,” June 16, 2021, Wilson County News.) He waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 3. He was sentenced to 10 years of community supervision under deferred adjudication and ordered to pay fines, restitution, and court costs.

What is deferred adjudication?

Deferred adjudication is a type of probation offered for defendants who plead “guilty” or “no contest.” The agreement is offered for a set period of time and includes various conditions, such as abstaining from drug or alcohol use, not associating with convicted felons, regular visits with a probation officer, and refraining from the commission of additional crimes.

If the probationary term is successfully completed, a judge can decide to dismiss the case, which also clears the conviction from the defendant’s Texas criminal record.