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Grand jurors indict defendant for fleeing from deputies
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE — A convicted arsonist could face up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of fleeing from a deputy sheriff.

Joshua Julian Flores was named as the defendant in a one-count indictment on a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle after Bee County Grand Jury members met on Nov. 1.

Although the charge normally is a third degree felony, the punishment range was enhanced to that of a second degree felony because the defendant had a previous felony conviction on a charge of arson on April 19, 2011, in Bee County.

According to prosecutors, Flores used a vehicle to escape from Bee County Deputy Rick Villarreal on June 15, 2012, while the deputy was trying to arrest or detain him.

District Judge M.E. “Mike” Welborn set bond on the defendant at $2,000.

In other matters, grand jurors indicted:

•Esteban Reyna on a charge of assault, family violence, choking, a third degree felony.

If convicted, the defendant could spend 10 years in prison and pay a fine of $10,000.

Deputy Villarreal alleged that Reyna choked a female who was a family member or a member of his household on July 29.

Bond was $4,000.

•Julian Patrick Charles on two counts of retaliation, both third degree felonies.

According to deputies with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, Charles threatened to kill Angela Cook and Brandon Burdick during an incident on June 9.

Bond was $1,000.

•Noah Paul Meza on a charge of bail jumping, a third degree felony.

According to District Court Bailiff Bill Lazenby, Meza failed to appear in court while he was out of jail on bonds totaling $12,500.

Meza had paid a $7,500 bond to get out of jail after being charged with the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, four to 200 grams, a $2,500 bond on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and a $2,500 bond on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle.

Bail jumping is a third degree felony. The defendant was to have appeared in court on Aug. 21.

A new bond of $10,000 was set by Welborn.

•Joey Luis Garcia on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more, habitual.

The “habitual” portion allows the defendant’s punishment range to be enhanced to something more than the normal, third-degree felony if Garcia is convicted of the offense.

Highway Patrol Trooper Kolton Kendall arrested the defendant on the charge on Nov. 15, 2011.

Garcia had previous DWI convictions on Aug. 27, 2003, and on June 7, 2006, both in Bee County.

The enhancement in the indictment was justified because Garcia has previous felony convictions on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity on Aug. 15, 1996, and on Aug. 26, 2006. Both convictions were in Bee County.

Bond was $5,000 with DWI conditions.

•Arturo Garcia Lara on a charge of DWI, third or more, a third degree felony.

Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker arrested the defendant on the charge on July 30.

Lara had previous DWI convictions on March 12, 1999, and on Dec. 11, 2007. Both convictions were in San Patricio County.

Bond was $7,000.

•Candelario David Moreno in a four-count indictment on charges of DWI with a child under 15 in the vehicle.

The charge is a state jail felony. If convicted, Moreno could face up to two years in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.

Trooper Kendall alleged that Moreno committed the offense on July 29.

Bond was $5,000 with special DWI conditions.

•Judas Gomez on a charge of DWI with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.

Gomez was charged in connection with a June 8 incident.

Bond was $6,000 with special DWI conditions.

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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