Bee County grand jurors returned first degree felony indictments on Rene Cantu and Javier Hernandez when they met on Nov. 29. The two men have been charged with a burglary and assault that took place on Nov. 14, 2011.
According to investigating officer Art Gamez of the Beeville Police Department, the two men entered a home last year without consent and then used a deadly weapon, a firearm, to assault a man inside the residence.
The two were charged with burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit assault. The first degree felony is punishable by a prison term of 99 years to life and a $10,000 fine. Bonds were set on both suspects at $100,000 by District Judge Joel Johnson.
Another defendant also faces a possible life sentence if he is convicted of delivery of a controlled substance. According to a state investigator, Frank Ochoa delivered between four and 200 grams of cocaine to someone on Dec. 1, 2011. Judge Johnson also set bond on that defendant at $100,000.
Others indicted on Nov. 29 included:
•Francisco Ochoa Jr., named in a four-count indictment on charges of delivery of a controlled substance. One of the counts is a first degree felony stemming from an alleged sale of between four and 200 grams of cocaine on Dec. 1, 2011. Two of the charges are second degree felonies involving the sale of less than four grams of the drug on Nov. 15, 2011, and on June 19, 2012.
If convicted of the second degree felony charges, Ochoa could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000. The other charge is for the alleged sale of less than one ounce of cocaine on May 30. That offense is a state jail felony. A conviction on that charge could result in a sentence of two years in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine. State investigators made the allegations. Ochoa’s bond was set at a total of $300,000.
•Jeremy Ray Ochoa on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, between four and 200 grams. The offense is a second degree felony. State investigators alleged that the defendant sold the drug on Nov. 11, 2011. Bond was $25,000.
•Jesse Cantu on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. According to BPD officer Greg Baron, Cantu threatened a man with a knife during an incident on Nov. 24, 2011. Bond was $21,000.
•David Richard Lucio Jr. on a charge of failure to comply with sex offender requirements. The charge was enhanced to a second degree felony. According to Sgt. Rene Guerrero of the BPD, Lucio failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements by Aug. 2, after changing his address. The defendant had a conviction on a charge of indecency with a child, contact. The enhancement was based on a previous conviction on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender in Victoria County. Bond was $10,000.
•Pedro Niklas Arredondo on a charge of failure to comply with sex offender requirements. The charge was enhanced to a second degree felony because Arredondo had a previous felony conviction. Guerrero alleged that the defendant failed to report a change of address by Aug. 2 of this year after being convicted of sexual battery by one in familial authority. The charge was enhanced, because Arredondo had a previous felony conviction on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender on Oct. 2, 2007, in Bee County. Bond was $5,000.
•Eliseo Garcia Flores on a charge of credit card abuse, enhanced to a second degree felony. According to investigators, the defendant used a fuel credit card belonging to someone else without consent. The charge was enhanced, because Flores had previous felony convictions on a charge of burglary on Nov. 19, 1983, and on a charge of robbery, causing bodily injury on Nov. 19, 1990. Both convictions were in Tarrant County. Bond was $5,000.
•Victor Robledo on two counts of failure to register as a sex offender. Both charges were enhanced to third degree felonies. If convicted, Robledo could face a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of $10,000. According to the indictment, the defendant failed to register after being convicted of aggravated sexual assault charges on Aug. 3, 2010, in Bee County. The enhancement of the charge was based on a previous felony conviction on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender on March 30, 2012, in San Patricio County. Bond was $50,000.
•Rodolfo Diaz on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more. The charge is a third degree felony. The defendant was arrested by a Highway Patrol trooper on the charge on Sept. 19, 2011. He had previous DWI convictions on Feb. 13, 1991, and on March 26, 2009, both in Bee County. Bond was $5,000.