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Grand jury indicts man on robbery, retaliation, weapons charges
by Gary Kent
Feb 19, 2011 | 2172 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joe A. Ricarte
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A 41-year-old Beeville man could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of four of five felony counts of an indictment returned by the January term of the Bee County Grand Jury on Feb. 10.

The indictment included two counts of robbery, both enhanced to a punishment range of 25-99 year or life in prison for Joe A. Ricarte, also known as José Angel Ricarte.

Ricarte was also indicted on one count of a felon in possession of a firearm, enhanced, and one count of retaliation, also enhanced.

The enhancement on those two charges elevates them to a punishment range of from 25-99 years or life in prison.

The fifth count of the indictment was on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, enhanced to a second degree felony.

If convicted of the second degree charge, Ricarte could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.

According to investigators, Ricarte had a firearm in his possession at a location other than his residence on July 10, 2010.

The offense was a felony because the defendant allegedly had the firearm in his possession five years after a felony conviction on a robbery charge on Feb. 27, 1989, in Aransas County.

According to state law, a convicted felon may possess a firearm five years after the conviction but he or she can only have the weapon in his or her residence.

The indictment also included two counts of robbery. Investigators alleged that Ricarte took property from two women on Nov. 10, 2010, by threatening one of the women and striking the other woman with his hand.

A charge of retaliation, the third count of the indictment, was based on a charge alleging that Ricarte threatened one of the women he allegedly robbed on Nov. 10 during an incident on July 10, 2010. Police claimed that Ricarte threatened one of the women in an attempt to prevent her from reporting an “occurrence.”

The fifth count of the indictment listed a charge of possession of a controlled substance, dihydrocodeinone.

Ricarte allegedly had more than four grams but less than 400 grams of that drug in his possession on July 10, 2010.

All five counts of the indictment were enhanced because Ricarte had previous felony convictions on charges of aggravated assault on Jan. 7, 1991, and on a charge of felony driving while intoxicated on Aug. 29, 1995. Both convictions were in Aransas County.

Ricarte’s bond was set at $80,000 by District Judge M.E. “Mike” Welborn.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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