Billy Dean Butler could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted on a charge of aggravated kidnapping, enhanced to a punishment range of from five to 99 years or life.
Beeville police investigators alleged that Butler attempted to assault a woman during an incident on Aug. 19, and that he tried to interfere with her liberty by confining her with the intent to prevent her liberation.
According to the indictment, Butler threatened the victim with serious bodily injury or death with his fists.
The charge was enhanced because Butler had a previous felony conviction on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Sept. 20, 2000, in Nueces County.
District Judge Joel Johnson rolled over the existing $150,000 bond on the suspect. He remains in custody at the Bee County Jail.
Others indicted on Dec. 8 included:
•Casey Lee Graham, also known as Juan Carlos Rodriguez.
Graham was charged with three counts by Bee County Sheriff’s Office deputies in connection with three incidents that occurred in August.
According to the indictment, the defendant used a resident alien card, Texas driver’s license and Social Security card with the name of Juan Carlos Rodriguez to obtain services at Christus Spohn Hospital on Aug. 18, and that he used the same identifying information to obtain services from Angel Care Ambulance Service on Aug. 29.
Each of those charges is considered a state jail felony, punishable, upon conviction, by a two-year term in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.
The third count of the indictment was on a charge of fraud, a second degree felony.
Deputies alleged that Graham used the same identification documents to obtain acetaminophen and hydrocodone on Aug. 22.
If convicted on the second degree felony charge, Graham could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.
Bond was $15,000.
•Martin Perez Esparza, also known as Martin Esparza, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third charge or more, enhanced to a second degree felony.
Esparza was arrested on the charge on July 9 by a Texas Highway Patrol trooper.
According to the indictment, Esparza had previous DWI convictions on Feb. 23, 2005, in Bee County and on March 9, 2005, in Karnes County.
The charge was enhanced because the defendant had a previous felony conviction in Harris County on a charge of aggravated assault of an child.
Bond was $10,000 with interlock conditions.
•Maxina Dee Flemming, also known as Maxina Dee Nelson, on a charge of DWI, third or more, enhanced to a second degree felony.
Beeville police alleged that Flemming was driving under the influence of alcohol on July 1.
She had previous DWI convictions on April 28, 1998, and June 6, 2007, both in Bee County.
The charge was enhanced to a second degree felony because Flemming had been convicted on Aug. 28, 2007, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, in Bee County.
Bond was $7,000.
•Jesus Eduardo Romo, also known as Jesus Eduardo Romo Jr., on a charge of DWI, third or more, enhanced to a second degree felony.
Romo was arrested for DWI on Sept. 2 by Highway Patrol troopers. He had previous DWI convictions on April 20, 2003, in San Patricio County and on June 15, 2005, in Bee County.
The charge was enhanced because Romo had a previous conviction on a charge of felony DWI on May 11, 2009, in San Patricio County.
Bond was $6,000 with interlock conditions.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.