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Grand jurors indict McConnell inmates for assault, weapons
by Gary Kent
May 24, 2012 | 1602 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Seven inmates who are or were assigned to the William G. McConnell Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice face additional prison time if they are convicted of crimes allegedly committed inside the prison.

All seven were indicted on the felony charges earlier this month by the Bee County Grand Jury.

Those indicted included:

•Ramiro Arellano, named in a two-count indictment on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant and possession of a deadly weapon in a penal institution.

The assault charge is a first degree felony, and it could result in Arellano being sentenced to life in prison and fined $10,000.

The second charge is a third degree felony. If convicted of that offense, the defendant could face another ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to a TDCJ investigator, Arellano stabbed a correctional officer in the left wrist using a 21-inch paper pole with a sharpened metal tip during an incident on Nov. 17, 2011.

The second charge stemmed from the accusation that the defendant had the weapon while incarcerated at the McConnell Unit.

The offenses were enhanced to the next higher punishment level, because Arellano had previous felony convictions on charges of robbery on Dec. 5, 2001, in Hale County, on a charge of burglary of a habitation in Lubbock County on Aug. 15, 2000, and on a charge of possession of a controlled substance on Dec. 15, 2004, in Bexar County.

Bond was set at $50,000 by District Judge Joel Johnson.

•Jose Meza on a charge of assault on a public servant, a third degree felony.

The indictment alleges that Meza hit a female correctional officer on the head with his hand while she was supervising inmates at the McConnell Unit on Jan. 2, 2012.

The charge was enhanced, because Meza had previous felony convictions on Jan. 4, 2009, on a charge of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, on a charges of robbery on March 12, 2009, and on March 11, 2009. All convictions were in El Paso County.

Bond was $50,000.

•Mark Wayne Lomax on a charge of possession of a deadly weapon in a penal institution, a third degree felony.

Investigators alleged that Lomax had a sharpened metal rod with a cloth handle on Dec. 8, 2011, while incarcerated at the McConnell Unit.

The offense was enhanced, because the defendant had previous felony convictions on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on July 1, 1994, and on a charge of murder on March 21, 2003. Both convictions were in Harris County.

Bond was $50,000.

•Brandon O’Neil Dodd on a charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a third degree felony.

Investigators claimed that Dodd had marijuana in his possession on Sept. 7, 2009, while at the McConnell Unit.

The punishment range for the offense was enhanced, because the defendant had a previous felony conviction on a charge of aggravated robbery in Jefferson County on Feb. 22, 2005.

Bond was $50,000.

•Broderick King Davenport on a charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a third degree felony.

According to TDCJ officials, Davenport had marijuana in his possession at the McConnell Unit on Sept. 7, 2009.

Enhancement of the charge was based on previous felony convictions on Nov. 27, 2007, on two counts of burglary of a habitation, one count of robbery and one count of failure to stop and render aid, all in Dallas County.

The defendant’s bond was $50,000.

•Aaron Treviño on a charge of possession of a prohibited item in a correctional facility. The charge is a third degree felony.

Investigators alleged that the defendant had a cellular phone in his possession at the McConnell Unit on July 13, 2009.

Treviño had previous convictions on a charges of aggravated assault on Jan. 26, 1996, and on a charge of forgery (six counts) on Feb. 13, 1994, both in Caldwell County, and on a charge of forgery on April 28, 1994, in Bee County.

Bond was $50,000.

•Christopher Shawn Smith on a charge of possession of a prohibited item in a correctional facility, enhanced to a third degree felony.

Smith allegedly had a cellular phone inside the McConnell Unit on May 25, 2009.

The charge was enhanced because the defendant had a conviction on Nov. 25, 2003, on a charge of bail jumping in Polk County and on a charge of having a prohibited item in a correctional facility on July 10, 2007, in Bee County.

Bond was $50,000.

•Andrew Rodriguez on a charge of possession of a prohibited item (cellular phone) in a correctional facility, enhanced to a third degree felony.

The defendant allegedly had the phone inside the McConnell Unit on Sept. 4, 2009.

The punishment range for the crime was enhanced, because the defendant had two previous felony convictions on burglary of a vehicle charges on Aug. 24, 1990, in Refugio County and on April 29, 1993, in Aransas County and on a charge of delivery of heroin on Feb. 4, 2008.

Bond was $50,000.
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