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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Woman Who Absconded After Arrest On A Federal Felony Drug Charge Is Sentenced To 136 Months In Federal Prison

WICHITA FALLS, Texas —Janis Hernandez, 31, of Electra and Killeen, Texas, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, to 136 months in federal prison following her guilty plea in June 2013 to an indictment charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

All seven defendants charged in the case have pleaded guilty and all but one has been sentenced:

                       Anthony Rueben Johnston, 28, to 480 months (40 years) in federal prison
                       Rachel Dawn Billen, 21, to 36 months
                        Louis Griego, Jr., 44, to 168 months
                        James Allen Holley, 34, to 142 months
                        Christina Gail Thompson, 32, to 42 months

Co-conspirator Darren Scott Murphy, Jr., 26, is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge O’Connor on January 27, 2014.  Each of the defendants pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in her case, Hernandez admitted that on multiple occasions between August and November 2012, she distributed and facilitated the distribution of methamphetamine in Electra and Wichita Falls, Texas.  Co-conspirator Murphy supplied the methamphetamine.  She further admitted that she acted as an intermediary and broker to distribute methamphetamine in Wichita Falls and introduced to Murphy to others so they could obtain methamphetamine from him.  Hernandez allowed Murphy to distribute methamphetamine from her home in Electra. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Wichita Falls Police Department, the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary F. Walters is in charge of the prosecution

Updated June 22, 2015