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Grand jurors return indictments on evading, DWI cases
by Gary Kent
Feb 21, 2014 | 122 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Bee County grand jurors returned a second degree felony indictment against Alberto Alaniz on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third offense or more.

Grand jurors met to review that case and others on Feb. 6.

The indictment alleged that Beeville Police Department Patrolman Chris Bernal arrested Alaniz on the charge on July 15, 2011. The defendant had previous DWI convictions on Feb. 1, 1989, and on Aug. 12, 2008, in Lamb and Bee counties.

Although the charge normally is a third degree felony, the punishment range was enhanced to a second degree felony because the defendant had a previous felony conviction on Feb. 1, 1989, on a charge of burglary of a habitation in Lamb County.

If convicted, Alaniz could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000. District Judge Joel Johnson set bond on the suspect at $5,000.

Others indicted last week included:

•Johnny Lee Amado on a charge of evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle.

The charge is a third degree felony. If the defendant is convicted, he could be sentenced to a 10-year prison term and fined $10,000.

BPD Detective Matthew Miller alleged that Amado used a vehicle to flee from Patrolman Baldo Salazar on Dec. 29, 2012, when Salazar was trying to detain him. Bond was $2,500.

•Anthony David Taylor on a charge of evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle. The charge is a third degree felony.

Bee County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Adam Levine alleged that the 27-year-old suspect fled from Deputy Sgt. Kevin Behr on April 7, 2013, while Behr was trying to detain him. Bond was $1,000.

•Jimmy Joe Tapia on a charge of DWI, third or more. The offense is a third degree felony.

Highway Patrol Trooper Marvin Baker alleged that Tapia was driving while under the influence of alcohol on May 5, 2013.

The 27-year-old suspect had previous DWI convictions on Nov. 23, 2005, and on Nov. 28, 2006, both in Bee County. Bond was $5,000 with DWI driving conditions.

•Jesus Torres Jr., also known as Jesus Torres, on a charge of DWI, third or more. The offense is a third degree felony.

Highway Patrol John Quiroga reported the offense on Aug. 6, 2013.

Torres, 60, had previous DWI convictions on Feb. 13, 1990, in San Patricio County and on Dec. 20, 1994, in Bee County. Bond was $4,000 with DWI driving conditions.

•Kevin Tobar, 33, on four counts of driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.

The charges are state jail felonies. If convicted, Tobar could be sentenced to two years in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.

Trooper Quiroga filed the charge in connection with a May 4, 2013, incident. Bond was $5,000 with DWI conditions.
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