Kerrville Daily Times, July 20, 1986

Kerrville Daily Times

July 20, 1986

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Kerrville Daily Times (Newspaper) - July 20, 1986, Kerrville, Texas £54    ”1?    J 01/01/87    346 SCHREINER INSTITUTE    I LIBRARY y^j ’Deathtrap’ Reviewed Gambling Governor.. • 9 V* ****** •« I ^Kp%t9«ae>« » «*• e.« « a i SM&pl*1 ; Im - LvL-?^ I *'#>r ■■ \ KERRVILLE, TX 78029SUNDAY EDITION VOL. 78, NO. 94 KERRVILLE. TEXAS JULY 20, 1986 50 CENTSSlave Ranch Owner Gets ProbationSon Given 15-Year Term, Ex-Foreman 14 Years; Prosecutor: Sentences ‘A Little Light’ By CATHY KIRKHAM Times Staff Writer Prosecutors who wanted tougher sentences for two Ellebracht men said two jurors kept the pair from getting life sentences. “We heard the jury was hun] up by two jurors, apparently a the others wanted to give them 99 years,” District Attorney Ron Sutton told the Kerrville Daily Times shortly after the verdict was returned. The seven-woman, five-man jury late Friday ordered a 15-year sentence for Walter Wesley Ellebracht Jr., 33, seven years probation for Walter Wesley Ellebracht Sr., 55, and 14 years in prison for Carlton Robert Caldwell, 21. The same jury found the trio guilty of organized crime for conspiring to commit murder and aggravated kidnapping Wednesday sifter deliberating 24 hours over three days. Sutton said a courthouse source told him the same two jurors delayed the original verdict. Both Ellebrachts will remain free on bond pending appeals. “We had hoped the punishments would have been stiffer,” Sutton said after the jury’s decision was read in the packed courtroom. “But whatever the jury feels is proper — these are the people that live in Kerr County. ” But Sutton and co-prosecutor Gerald Carruth added they were glad jurors didn’t remain deadlocked. That would’ve caused a mistrial. Carruth added, “In view of the seriousness and the violent nature of the crimes, the sentences W. W. ELLEBRACHT SR., LAWYER DAN COGDELL ...Appear Exhausted After An Emotion-Filled Day Photos by Michael Bowlin WALTER WESLEY ELLEBRACHT JR. WITH HIS WIFE AND SON ...Leave The Courthouse Arm-In-Arm After Sentencing were a little light.” Sutton had pushed for life in prison for the younger Ellebracht and unspecified but strict sentences for the elder Ellebracht and the former ranch foreman. The accused declined comment, but their attorneys appeared relieved at the jury’s decision. Caldwell’s attorney, Scott Stehling, said 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 jail — finally,” 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 sheriff credits his jail-time here as good behavior,” he said. If Kerr County Sheriff Cliff Greeson gives Caldwell credit, Carruth said, Caldwell can choose between serving about three months at the Texas Department of Corrections or a slightly longer time in the county jail. “I’m delighted my client’s not in jail,” said Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, who represents the senior Ellebracht. “That’s appropriate. Jail wasn’t warranted...! gave him my best shot.” Judge Thomas Blackwell also ordered the senior Ellebracht to serve 120 days in jail on the jury’s finding in its verdict Wednesday that he used a deadly weapon in committing the crime. Haynes said the senior Ellebracht “cried a little bit and went in to call his mother” after court was recessed. The younger Ellebracht’s lawyer, Ray Bass, said he was disappointed. “I had hoped the jury would deem it appropriate to give a probated sentence to Junior. Thankfully, the jury didn’t view the evidence as the crowd did,” Bass said. “I foresee lengthy appeals,” he added. If the younger Ellebracht loses his appeals and goes to prison, he’ll have to serve a third of the sentence before he’s eligible for parole. All three defense attorneys filed for new trials. Carruth said if the two Ellebrachts and Caldwell are tried in-(Continued On Page 20A) Home Of A. C. Schreiner ‘Eclectic’By MICHAEL BOWLIN Times Staff Writer The imposing A.C. Schreiner home on Water Street is one surviving example of French-influenced English Tudor architecture in Texas. Built in 1906 at a cost of $25,000, the three-story structure originally was on IVz landscaped acres. The step-terraced lawn complimented Srounds that included a river-ouse, greenhouse, washhouse, tennis courts and stables that doubled as a garage for one of Kerrville’s first automobiles. Schreiner, son of Kerr Coun-ty pioneer Capt. Charles Schreiner, was one of the largest wool and mohair dealers in the U.S. and he also ran the Charles Schreiner General Mercantile Store, which his father began in 1869. San Antonio architect Atlee’ B. Ayres designed the 13-room mansion that early newspapers described as “elegantly chic and throughly eclectic.” Ayres’ design was influenced by a variety of historical and architectural sources. The house’s exterior is concrete over wood lathe, on which a layer of brown stucco was applied. The house had the most modem conveniences including indoor plumbing and electrical Photo Courtesy Josephine Schreiner Parker BUILT IN 1906, THE A.C. SCHREINER ESTATE ON WATER STREET ...Was Originally Acres. This Photo Was Taken In 1920.Heritage Houses wiring. It was first heated by a system that brought warm air into each room through decorative wall grates. Later, steam heat was added. Another then-new feature was a hand-crank telephone in the front hall. The Schreiner’s exchange was 26. Each of the three stories in the home contains more than 2,000 square-feet. A basement added an additional 1,500 square-feet. The first floor’s seven main rooms were a front entry hall, a combination drawing room- parlor, a music room, a formal dining room, kitchen, breakfast area and a wraparound sun porch. The front entry hall is a reminder that the years just after the turn of the century were known as “The Golden Age of Oak.” The main staircase is of stained golden oak as are the machine-carved spindles. Oak was also used on the (Continued On Page 8A) FOR $3.99 MILLION KISD Trustees Trim, Accept School BidBy MICHAEL BOWLIN Times Staff Writer After four weeks of trimming expenses from a proposed Kerrville South elementary school, Kerrville school trustees accepted a $3,999 million construction bid Friday. Houston-based Cahaba Construction Co., the project’s low bidder, is expected to begin work on Nimitz Elementary School in early August, school officials said at a special meeting Friday night. 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 $500,000 off Cahaba’s first bid of $4.5 million to build the school off Ranchero Road. Trustees, Cahaba and SHWC ultimately pared $305,505 from that original bid to move the bid price closer to architects’ projected construction cost of $3.9 million. “I’m pleased that the bid met the approval of the board,” Kerrville school superintendent Jack Cockrill said after the vote. “I think we need to discuss this more,” Murphy said after trustee Bill Rector moved to accept the bid and trustee Katharine Terrell 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 object to is the architects’ $234,000 fees and to a too-high projection (Continued On Page 20A) MIKE REDDELLChain Letter Assures Fortune I’VE BEEN READING and rereading a plan that certainly will move me to the rich side of the tracks. Never mind there are no more tracks in Kerrville. I got my hot, entreprenurial hands on a letter that will enable me to wear sport shirts with reptiles on the 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 sending forth this opportunity, people can get four installments of solid business advice.    . That advice includes the money-making secrets of well-known giant jrporations. More importantly, this chance of a lifetime will sn ow eofporaaon* how to make $250,000 through mail-order sales. Lee Iacocca won’t have anything on me once I’ve mastered this business. Besides, once I read this stuff I’ll know the real secrets behind Chrysler and probably GM, too. The best thing about this particular kind of chain letter is the absence of threats. When I’ve gotten chain or pyramid letters before, there were not-to-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 Main at 5 p.m. on 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 bi Naw, the few relatives or friends that still talk to me won’t be after getting that letter — even though they’d be learning the real secrets of corporate chiefs. Besides, I never liked animals on my shirts anyhow. I’VE WRITTEN BEFORE that one of the more unpleasant aspects of this job is explaining to people why their names won’t be omitted from the police report. The most frequent of those requests comes from people arrested for DWX Their problems 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. The Arizona Association of Industries compiled a list that shows that in Australia names of drunk driving offenders are sent to local newspapers and are printed under the heading — “He’s drunk and in jail. ” Malaya makes drunk driving a family affair. If the husband is arrested and jailed, so is his wife. Turkey is more physical fitness oriented, however. There, drunk drivers are taken 20 miles from town and have to walk back under police escort. Three weeks in jail at hard labor ani a year’s loss of license is how Norway deals with DWIs. A second offense means loss of license for good. could make copies to send to friern great deal. usiness decision, maybe I relatives to cut them in on this fine. The French throw the first-time offender in jail for a year, remove ..    a$M)00~ ilgaria plays hard ball. A second offe El Salvador is tougher. First offenders are shot. the license for three years and tack on ia plays hardball. Bu A second offense brings the death penalty. ;