Sunday, July 20, 1986

Kerrville Daily Times

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Kerrville Times (Newspaper) - July 20, 1986, Kerrville, Texas 13 j 87 346 SCHREINER INSTITUTE 1 LIBRARY KERRVILLE TX 780S9 SUNDAY EDITION VOL 78 NO 94 KERRVILLE TEXAS JULY 20 1986 50 CENTS Slave Ranch Owner Gets Probation Son Given 15Year Term ExForeman 14 Years Prosecutor Sentences A Little Light By CATHY KIRKHAM Times Staff Wrjter Prosecutors who wanted tougher sentences for two Elleb racht men said two jurors kept the pair from getting life sent ences We heard the jury was hung up by two jurors apparently all the others wanted to give them 99 District Attorney Ron Button told the Kerrville Daily Times shortlyafter the verdict was returned Thesevenwoman fiveman jury late Friday ordered afc15 year sentence for Walter Wesley Ellebracht 33 seven years probation for Walter Wesley Ellebracht 55 and 14 years in prison for Carlton Robert Caldwell 21 The same jury found the trio guilty of organized crime for con spiring to commit murder and aggravated kidnapping Wednes day after deliberating 24 hours over three days Sutton said a courthouse source told him the same two jurors delayed the original ver dict Both Ellebrachts will remain free on bond pending appeals We had hoped the punish ments would have been Sutton said after the jurys deci sion was read in the packed cour troom But whatever the jury feels is proper these are the people that live in Kerr But Sutton and coprosecutor Gerald Carruth added they were glad jurors didnt remain dead locked That wouldve caused a mistrial Carruth added of the seriousness and the violentna ture of the crimes the sentences W W ELLEBRACHT LAWYER DAN COGDELL Appear Exhausted After AifEmotionFilled Day Photos by Michael Bowlin WALTER WESLEY ELLEBRACHT JR WITH HIS WIFE AND SON The Courthouse ArrnInArm After Sentencing vv were a little Sutton had pushed for life in prison for the younger Elleb racht and unspecified but strict sentences for the elder Elleb racht and the former ranch foreman The accused declined com ment but their attorneys appeared relieved at the juryfs decision Caldweljs attorney Scott the decision means his client could be released on parole immediately Caldwell already has served 27 months in the Kerr County Jail awaiting trial I think this means Carlton Robert Caldwell gets out of he said smiling But Carruth said Caldwell will probably serve at least three months He could probably finish his sentence by the end of the year depending on whether the sher iff credits his jailtime here as good behavior he said tlf Kerr County Sheriff Cliff Greeson gives Caldwell credit Carruth said Caldwell can choose between serving about three months Texas De partment of Corrections or a slightly longer time in the county Im delighted my clients not in said Richard Race horse Haynes who represents the senior Ellebracht Thats appropriate Jail wasnt warran gave him my best Judge Thomas Blackwell also ordered the senior Ellebracht to serve 120 days in jail on the jurys finding in its verdict Wednesday that he used a deadly weapon in committing the crime Haynes said the senior Elleb racht cried a little bit and went in to call his mother after court was recessed The younger Ellebrachts lawyer Ray said he was disappointed I had hoped the jury would deem it appropriate to give a probated sentence to Junior Thankfully the jury didnt view the evidence as the crowd Bass said I foresee lengthy he added If the younger Ellebracht loses his appeals and goes to prison hell have to serve a third of the sentence before hes eligible for parole All three defense attorneys filed for new trials Camith said if the two Elleb rachts and Caldwell are tried in Continued On Page 20A FOR By MICHAEL BOWLIN Times Staff Writer The imposing Schrein er home on is one surviving example of French influenced English Tudor architecture in Texas Built in 1906 at a cost the threestou ture originally was on lang scaped acres The stepr terraced lawn complimented grounds that included a river house greenhouse wash house tennis courts and stables that doubled as a gar age for one of Kerrvilles automobiles Schreiner son of Kerr Coun ty pioneer Capt Charles Schreiner was one of the largestwool and mohair deal ers in the and he also ran the Charles SchreirierGeneral Mercantile his father began iii San Antonio architect Atlee B Ayres mansion described as chic and throughly Ayres design was influenced by a variety of historical and architectural sources The houses exterior is crete over wood which a layer ofbrown stucco was applied The house had the most mod ern conveniences including in door plumbing and electrical JIT MM Mfr KISJ1 Trustees Trim Accept School Bid Heritage Houses feature hone in iners wiring system Photo Courtesy Josephine Schreiner Parker BUILT IN 1906 THE SCHREINER ESTATE ON WATER STREET Was Originally 7 Acres This Phojfa Was Taken In 1920 Sarlor a music room a formal ining room kitchen break fast area and a wraparound sun porch The front entry hall is a re minder that the years just after the turn of the century were known as The Golden Age of The main staircase is of stained golden oak as are the machinecarved spindles Oak was also used on the Continued Qn Page 8A It was first heated by a that brought warm air was added Another was a handT the The exchangVwas 26 Each of the three stories in the home contains more than squarefeet A basement added an additional squarefeet The first floors seven main By MICHAEL BOWLIN Times Staff Writer After four weeks of trimming expenses from a proposed ville South elementary school Kerrville school trustees accepted a million con struction bid Friday Houstonbased Cahaba Con struction the projects low bidder is expected to begin work on Nimitz Elementary School in early August school officials said at a special meeting Friday Trustee Bill Murphy cast the lone dissenting vote against the bid saying that more discussion was needed The board has worked with Cahaba and project architects SHWC of Houston since June 24 to trim about off Cahabas first bid of million to build the school off Ranchero Road x Trustees Cahaba and SHWC ultimately pared from that original bid to move the bid pricecloser to architects pro jected construction cost of million Im pleased that the bid met the approval of the Kerr ville schoor superintendent Jack Cockrill said after the vote I think we need to discuss this Murphy said after trustee Bill Rector moved to accept the bid and trustee Katharine Ter rell seconded it I think Dr Cockrill and the other guys have done a great job of trimming the bid down They are to be commended What I ob ject to is the architects fees and to a toohigh projection Continued MIKE REDDELL Chain Letter Assures fortune IVE BEEN READING rereading a plan that certainly will move me to the rich side of the track Never mind there arp no more trftpks in KerrvUle I got my hot entreprenurial hands on a letter that will enable me to wear sport shirts with reptiles on pockets What I have is a chain letter Not just any chain letter This one actually offers a service of sorts Through the mechanisms of ing forth this opportunity people can get four installments of solid business advice That advice includes the moneymaking epr ts of wellknown giant corporations More importantly this chance of a lifetime will show les once Ive mastered this know the real secrets Lee business behind Chrysler and probably GM too The best thing about this particular kind of chain letter is the abs ence of threats When Ive gotten chain or pyramid letters before there were notto subtle hints that uncool things would happen to you if you blew the letter off Failure to forward the scheme could mean a grand piano would fall on you as you were walking downtown or your car would die at Sidney Baker and Maw at Qn a weekday I kind of felt like I was living dangerously by ignoring those letters But since this one is more akin to a major busmess decisipn maybe I could make copies to send to friends and relatives to cut them in on this great deal Naw the few relatives or friends that still talk to me wont be after getting that though theyd be learning the real secrets of corporate ehieJFe Besides I never liked animals on my shirts anyhow IVE WRITTEN BEFORE that one of the more unpleasant aspects of this job is explaining to people why their names wont be omitted from the police report The most frequent of those requests comes from oeQpie arrflgted fop DWI proMemg with publicity not to mention headaches with the judicial system are apparently nothing compared to what happens to drivers who are tipsy behind the wheel in other countries Tne Arizona Association of Industries compiled a Ust that shows that m Australia names of drunk driving offenders ars sent to local news papers and are printed under the heading drunk and in Malaya makes drunk driving a family affair If the husband is arrested ana jailed so is his wife Turkey is more physical fitness oriented however There drunk drivers are taken 20 miles from town and nave to walk back under police ejeqri T Three weeks ui jaJl at hard labor anl a years loss of license is how Norway deals with PWJs A second offense means loss of license for good The French throw the firsttime offender in jail for a year remove the license fer three years and tack on a fine gukana plays A second offense Brings the death penalty El Salvador is toufhej First offenders art shot