Donations needed at red kettles in Fannin County
Posted: 7:30 AM - BONHAM,TX---Red kettle donations across Texoma could have a big impact on the Salvation Army in Fannin County.
In October a jury found Randolph Derebery guilty of two counts of lewd molestation. Today he found out each count will cost him 5 years served consecutively. This adds up to 10 years he will be under lock and key. We spoke with the two victim's mother, whose identity we're protecting and she said she's pleased with the outcome.
"Glad he's off the streets, and anticipating a lot of people feeling a whole lot more safe," said the mother.
But that safety might not last all 10 years. Lewd molestation is known as an 85 percent crime. That means he must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being considered for parole, or eight and a half years. But First Assistant District Attorney Heather Cooper said the victory is getting a consecutive sentence, and for that she thanks the victims.
"Obviously it took a lot of strength and guts, bravery to come forward and testify in the way that they did," Cooper said.
Because of that bravery, Derebery has a long road ahead in the justice system. The prosecution offered Derebery and his attorneys a plea deal for his three other counts of lewd molestation, but so far they've heard no response. If no agreement is met, a trial for those counts will be held in April.
The mother of the victims said her children are putting this behind them, and are on the road to recovery.
"They're amazing kids, and all the girls involved in this case are," she said. "We'll be all right.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - DURANT, Okla., Dec. 2, 2013 – Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination, is welcoming Captain Sig and Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at Gilley’s. The event is free to the public.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - Four local people recently completed at least 34 hours of training and 2 hours of courtroom observation in order to become volunteer advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake administered an oath to the new CASA volunteers in the 336th District Court after training was complete. New child advocates include Priti KC, Mary Norris, Dave Gehalo and Chantal Carey.