Sex Offender Nets Additional Pen Time

Presiding Judge Steven Herod revoked the probation of Danny Joe Larance 47, Monday afternoon in the 91st District Courtroom in Eastland. Larance, a Breckenridge resident, had previously been placed on eight years probation on November 24, 2008 for Driving While Intoxicated and completed a one year rehabilitation program as a condition of community supervision. Larance was a sex offender as a result of a prior conviction for sexual assault in Stephens County. While on probation for the DWI, Larance moved to Ranger and failed to register as a sex offender with the local law enforcement authority – the Ranger Police Department. The Criminal District Attorney’s office filed a new case and a Motion to Revoke Community Supervision alleging the failure to register and other violations of community supervision. On April 19, 2010, Larance agreed to enter a plea of true and accept a plea bargain of 5 years confinement in each case conditioned upon his returning to Court on April 29, 2010 for sentencing. On that date, the Court called the case and Larance did not appear. As part of the plea bargain in this case, Criminal District Attorney Russ Thomason had conditioned the sentence of 5 years upon Larance showing up timely for the sentencing. Larance was later arrested that afternoon when he appeared several hours later. As a result of his failure to appear as previously ordered, the Court was not bound by the initial plea bargain and the case was treated as an open plea to the Court. Judge Herod sentenced Larance to ten years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for upon revoking his DWI probation. Larance was sentenced to five years confinement for his failure to register as a sex offender.