||Man gets 4 years for
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ATHENS173rd District Judge Dan Moore sentenced Jose Miramontes to four years in
state prison after he pled guilty to two counts of manslaughter stemming from a Feb. 13,
2008, car crash that killed Shane Lawrence Morgan and his 12-year-old daughter Kalee
During the sentencing hearing, state trooper James Martin of the Texas Department of
Public Safety testified that data from the air bag module in the vehicle driven by
Miramontes indicated he was traveling 103 mph just seconds before the collision.
Assistant district attorney Lenda Burnett asked the judge to send a message to the
community that this type of driving can have tragic consequences for everyone involved.
Shane Morgan, 34, was pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville. He was driving
the day of the head-on collision with his wife Lisa Ann and their two daughters, Kalee and
Emily Paige, 4, on Farm-to-Market 317 about 18 miles south of Brownsboro when the fatal
His wife, a fourth-grade teacher at Brownsboro Intermediate, and youngest daughter
Naval Chief Petty Officer Jose Luis Joel Miramontes Jr., 31, of Kemp was attempting to
pass another vehicle when he went into oncoming traffic and struck the 2006 Suzuki Shane
Morgan was driving.
Miramontes suffered multiple injuries, including broken legs.
The stretch of highway was in a passing zone, according to Martin. However, it was on a
hill with a small dip that could obstruct the view of a passing car.
Martin also said Miramontes told him the sun was in his eyes when he moved to pass the
Mortgage scammer gets 18
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KAUFMANA North Texas woman was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for her
involvement in a complex mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded the federal government.
Karen Hayes, 58, pled guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity and falsifying
statements to obtain property or credit. Hayes was taken into custody at the Kaufman
County Sheriffs Office and will be transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal
According to the 88-paragraph indictment, Hayes falsified supporting documents involving
the sale of manufactured homes.
Evidence showed she tampered with buyers rent payment verification statements,
monthly expense reports and Social Security Administration benefits data, among other
In March, a jury sentenced Hayes sister, Kandace Marriott, 53, of Gun Barrel City,
to 99 years in prison for her role in the mortgage fraud scheme.
Marriotts husband, Darrell L. Marriott, 56, and daughter Kally Marriott were also
indicted, and are currently awaiting their own trials.
The defendants sold manufactured homes through a Navarro County real estate business, One
Way Home & Land.
After litigation, the defendants closed that business and moved their enterprise to
Kaufman County under a new assumed name, Torenia Inc., which did business as Energy Homes.
Investigations were opened in late 2005.
The multi-county criminal conspiracy was uncovered by Cpl. Mark Nanny of the Corsicana
Police Department. He got HUD officials and the FBIs Dallas office involved, which
later referred the case to local authorities and the state.
According to investigators, the defendants forged homebuyers signatures and
inaccurately completed customer loan applications.
The scheme involved predominantly low-income purchasers whose home loans were guaranteed
by HUD. As a result, when the buyers defaulted on their loans, the mortgage lenders were
compensated by HUD, and thereby the American taxpayer.
Investigators believe the scheme cost taxpayers more than $3 million.
Suspected drug thug arrested
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MALAKOFFHenderson County Drug Enforcement (HCDE) officers seized approximately a
quarter pound of cocaine at the Wheeler Apartments in Malakoff last week, according to
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt.
Arrested was Joey Tamojermone Givens, 33, of Malakoff. Givens was charged with Manufacture
and Delivery of a Controlled Substance/Cocaine.
Givens is believed to be a major narcotics trafficker for the Trinidad, Malakoff and
Athens area, Nutt said.
According to sheriffs office reports, Givens was stopped on State Highway 31 near
Malakoff by Lt. Botie Hillouse and Investigator Darrell Waller May 14. During the traffic
stop, officers found a large quantity of crack cocaine.
Following the traffic stop, officers were able to obtain a search warrant for Givens
apartment in Malakoff from District Judge Carter Tarrance.
Investigators from the HCDE involved included Ronny Halbert, David Faught, Kenny Collard,
and Waller. They were assisted by Hillhouse, Capt. Kay Langford, and the Henderson County
District Attorneys Office.