Grand jury indicts three for having cellular phones in McConnell Unit
by Gary Kent
Apr 13, 2011 | 4135 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three people who thought they could take a cellular telephone into a Texas prison unit are facing possible 10-year prison terms following March 31 session of the Bee County Grand Jury.

Three of the four indictments returned in cases investigated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice were for having cell phones at the William G. McConnell Unit in Beeville.

Each of the charges is a third degree felony and carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

Paulito Garcia Trevino was indicted for having a phone at the unit on July 10, Amy Hernandez Ramirez was charged with having a phone inside McConnell on Oct. 10, 2010, and Christina Cuevas was indicted for having a phone in the same unit, also on Oct. 10.

District Judge Janna Whatley set bonds on each defendant at $7,500.

Grand jurors also indicted a McConnell Unit inmate, Faruq Jabari, on a charge of assault on a public servant.

According to the indictment, Jabari struck a correctional officer in the face while the officer was supervising inmates on Oct. 25, 2010.

That charge also is a third degree felony.

The charge was enhanced because Jabari had a previous felony conviction on Oct. 19, 2007, on a charge of aggravated sexual assault in Harris County.

The inmate’s bond was set at $10,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at

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