Ricky Howard, Nocona, entered guilty pleas on three separate unlawful possession of a firearms charges in a hearing today receiving five years on each case, which will run concurrent.
A hearing was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday for one of the unlawful possession cases, however, the hearing never opened as Howard’s attorney Robert Estrada asked to meet with District Attorney Paige Williams and then met with his attorney. At 11 a.m. the bench trial opened before 97th District Court Judge Jack McGaughey.
Due to his conviction on federal bank fraud charges back in 2007 where Howard was sentenced to 46 months in prison, he cannot legally possess any firearms. He was arrested in May 2015 on three separate instances where he allegedly had firearms in his possession. Howard has been a person of interest in the Caleb Diehl disappearance. It was during the midst of questioning and executing search warrants in connection with the missing 18-year-old that officers discovered the guns and an instance of him shooting on a friend’s gun range.
In December 2015 the Nocona man was arrested on two complaints of aggravated sexual assault of a child stemming from incidents alleged from 1996 through 2000 to a male child who was 13 years old when they started. A second arrested was made on Jan. 12, 2016 by a second male victim who was 12 at the time of the allegations that went back to 1994.
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