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General Sessions
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A man was released on time served after he attacked another man with a baseball bat.
The suspect, Fidel Morales, 25, was granted an 11-month, 29-day judicial diversion and was warned to stay away from the victim and must pay for the victim’s medical bills. The diversion means he can have his record erased provided he abides by the terms of his plea deal and gets into no more trouble in the next year.
Morales was charged after he attacked Joshua Pulliam who had accompanied Leanna Valdivia to Morales’ Caldwell Street apartment. She went there to take her children, ages four and six, some groceries. Pulliam said he waited in the car and that everything was fine until Valdivia began to leave. It was at that point he said Morales grabbed a bat from his closet and charged outside.
“He pulled open the door and hit me with the bat at least five times,” Pulliam swore in his warrant against Morales.
Pulliam said he ran away from his attacker but not before suffering injuries from the baseball bat attack. Pulliam added that Morales also threatened to get a gun.
Morales was originally charged with felony assault but the charge was downgraded to simple assault as part of the plea deal.
In other court action heard by Judge Bill Locke during an abbreviated Tuesday General Sessions Court docket:
Mathew Corbett was bound to the grand jury on the charge of criminal trespass and delivery of a controlled substance.
Tristan Malone was granted an 11-29 probationary sentence and must perform 24 hours public service work and pay $250 plus costs for possession of marijuana.
Sherry Rankhorn was ordered to serve 30 days of an 11-29 sentence and pay $150 plus costs for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation
Brandon Whitman was granted an 11-29 judicial diversion and must pay $250 plus costs and perform 25 hours public service work for possession of marijuana.
Alan Hicks, Katherine Marie, Jennifer Van Hoene, Christian Padranos, Dustin Miron and Adam Arce were all fined $50 plus costs for having alcohol in a state park.
CLARIFICATION
Jeffery Chandler, who lives on Peach Avenue in Morrison, is not the same person who was on the court docket.