Roy v. State

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319 S.W.2d 705 (1958)

Hope ROY, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas, Appellee.

No. 30100.

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.

November 12, 1958.

Rehearing Denied January 14, 1959.

William E. Davenport, San Angelo, for appellant.

Leon B. Douglas, State's Atty., Austin, for the State.

WOODLEY, Judge.

The offense is passing as true a forged instrument; the punishment, two years.

Appellant, represented by counsel, waived a jury and pleaded guilty, and on the trial after the State had offered evidence sufficient to warrant her conviction, testified and admitted her guilt.

The requirements of the statute relating to trials of non-capital felony cases before the court on a plea of guilty were fully complied with.

The sole complaint appears to be that the trial judge did not see fit to grant probation.

The State correctly contends that this was a matter which rested solely in the discretion of the trial judge. Escobar v. State, 162 Tex.Cr.R. 115, 282 S.W.2d 873.

The judgment is affirmed.

On Appellant's Motion for Rehearing

DICE, Commissioner.

Appellant insists that in view of the testimony in the record that she had never been in any kind of trouble and that she had a job, and her promise to make testitution to the bank of the money obtained in the forgery, the trial court abused his discretion in refusing to grant her a suspended sentence or a probated sentence as recommended by the District Attorney.

In Waldrop v. State, 129 Tex.Cr.R. 134, 83 S.W.2d 974, it was held that in a trial before the court without a jury, the trial judge, in the exercise of his discretion, had the right to refuse a suspended sentence to the person found guilty of burglary even though such person offered testimony that he had never been convicted of a felony *706 and of his previous good reputation as a law abiding citizen. In Brown v. State, 156 Tex.Cr.R. 652, 245 S.W.2d 497, it was held that where the issue of suspended sentence was submitted to a jury the question of whether or not the sentence should be suspended was within the jury's discretion.

The right of parole or probation under the provisions of the Adult Probation and Parole Law, Art. 781d, Vernon's Ann.C.C.P. has been held to be a matter within the discretion of the trial court. Wilson v. State, 156 Tex.Cr.R. 228, 240 S.W.2d 774, and Ex parte Pittman, 157 Tex.Cr.R. 301, 248 S.W.2d 159.

We find nothing in the record in the present case which shows an abuse of judicial discretion on the part of the trial judge in refusing clemency to the appellant.

The motion for rehearing is overruled.

Opinion approved by the Court.