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Defendants face possible life prison terms
by Gary Kent
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Several defendants indicted for felony offenses on Jan. 27 face possible life sentences in prison.

Matthew Dominic Garcia, 34, faces at least one prison term of 25 years to life over an incident that allegedly took place last June 27.

The incident resulted in a two-count indictment on charges of deadly conduct. Each count has the same range of punishment.

According to investigators with the Beeville Police Department and the Bee County District Attorney’s office, Garcia fired shots into a home and a vehicle without first checking to see if the house and car were occupied.

Both counts of the indictment were enhanced to the punishment range listed in the indictment because Garcia had two previous felony convictions.

Those included a conviction on a charge of murder in San Patricio County on Nov. 1, 1996, and a conviction of possession of a controlled substance on Feb. 6, 2007, in Bee County.

District Judge M.E. “Mike” Welborn set bond on the defendant at $50,000.

However, Garcia has been in custody at the Bee County Jail since two days after the event. He is also being held on a parole violation, for which there is no bond.

Others facing possible life sentences include:

•Ashley Nicole Remmers on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, with intent to deliver, four to 200 grams in a drug-free zone.

The drug-free zone enhancement pushes the offense to a first degree felony, punishable by a prison term of from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine of $10,000.

According to city detectives, Remmers was caught with the drug on Aug. 29 and she was within 1,000 feet of the A.C. Jones High School campus, 1902 N. Adams St.

Bond was $5,000.

•Jason Wayne Carter was indicted on the same charge for an incident that happened on the same day in the same location.

His charge also is a first degree felony and he faces the same punishment range.

His bond was set at $15,000.

•Jimmie Rocha Gonzales, also known as “Iceman,” could end up in prison for life if he is convicted on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.

Another count of the same indictment cites a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle. That charge was enhanced to a second degree felony, punishable by 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Beeville Police Department investigators alleged that Gonzales hit Patrolman Mark Cruz with a motor vehicle as Cruz was trying to arrest him on Nov. 3, 2010. That charge was enhanced to the 25-99 year or life punishment range.

A charge of fleeing Cruz in a motor vehicle during the same incident is a second degree felony.

The charges against Gonzales were enhanced because he had previous convictions on charges of burglary of a vehicle on March 5, 1992, and on a charge of escape on Nov. 12, 1992. Both convictions were in Bee County.

Bond was $25,000.

•Robert Louis Filbin on a charge of felony driving while intoxicated.

According to police, Filbin was arrested on a DWI charge on Sept. 30, 2010.

He had previous DWI convictions on Sept. 26, 2001, and on July 7, 2004, both in Bee County.

The range of punishment was enhanced because Filbin had been convicted of burglary of a building on June 29, 1995, in Bee County and on a charge of felony DWI on Dec. 13, 2006, in Live Oak County.

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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