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Grand jurors indict man for sexual contact with child under six
by Gary Kent
Mar 03, 2012 | 2843 views | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Bee County grand jurors returned a first degree felony indictment against a 38-year-old Beeville man when they met recently.

John Luis Vela could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The charge also carries a possible fine of $10,000.

According to Beeville Police Department Detective Lt. Richard Cantu, Vela is suspected of having had sexual contact with a girl under the age of six in an incident that allegedly took place on May 14, 2011.

District Judge Joel Johnson set Vela’s bond at $20,000.

Others indicted in early February included:

•Orlando Luis Campos, also known as “Magic.”

Campos was named in a two-count indictment, with both counts being enhanced to second degree felonies.

A second degree felony conviction could result in a 20-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

Count one of the indictment was on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, and count two was on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, four to 200 grams.

According to the indictment, both offenses were committed on Sept. 5, 2011.

Campos reportedly had a previous felony conviction on July 15, 1999, for which he was given deferred adjudication and that was revoked on Jan, 23, 2003.

The defendant also was convicted on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance on Jan. 27, 2003.

Bond was $20,000.

Campos was named in another two-count indictment stemming from an incident on Sept. 28, 2011, during which he was found to have less than a gram of a controlled substance.

That charge is a state jail felony and a conviction on that count could cost the defendant two years in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.

The second count was on a charge of evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle, a third degree felony.

According to Sgt. Eddie Garcia of the BPD, Campos used a motor vehicle to flee from him when he was trying to arrest him on the possession charge.

If convicted of fleeing from the officer, Campos could spend 10 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.

Johnson set bond on that indictment at $10,000.

•Luis Mata, 18, in a two-count indictment on charges of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault and endangering a child.

The burglary charge is a second degree felony, and the endangering a child charge is a state jail felony.

According to the indictment, Mata broke into the home of a local woman on Nov. 7, 2011, and assaulted a female resident. During that incident, the defendant allegedly struggled with another person in the home in an attempt to take a small child from the person.

Bond was $15,000.

•Victor Sandoval on a charge of assault against a family member, strangulation.

Bee County Sheriff’s Office deputies alleged that Sandoval choked a woman who was a member of his household or with whom he was having a dating relationship on Dec. 11, 2011.

The charge was enhanced to a second degree felony, because Sandoval had a previous felony conviction on a charge of aggravated robbery on Jan. 22, 1996, in Bexar County.

Bond was $25,000.

•Donald Baxter Shreve on a charge of bail jumping, enhanced to a second degree felony.

District Court Bailiff Bill Lazenby alleged that Shreve failed to appear in court on Jan. 24, while out on a $5,000 bond on a forgery charge.

The charge was enhanced from a third degree felony, because Shreve had a previous felony conviction on June 28, 2004, on a charge of escape in Duval County, Florida.

Bond was $100,000.

•Enrique Hernandez in two separate indictments on charges bail jumping.

According to the indictment, Hernandez failed to appear in court while out on a $1,500 bond on both Sept. 22, 2011, and again on Feb. 8 of this year.

The defendant had been charged with assault of a family or house member.

Johnson set Hernandez’s bond at $100,000 on each of the two indictments.

•Kendall R. Dupuis, 45, in a two-count indictment on charges of possession of a controlled substance. The first count is a third degree felony, because Dupuis allegedly had more than a gram but less than four grams of methamphetamine.

The second count was a state jail felony, because the defendant reportedly had less than one gram of dihydrocodeinone.

Bond was $4,000.

•Joe Anthony Medina on a charge of possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

The charge is a third degree felony.

According to investigators, Medina had marijuana at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s McConnell Unit on Dec. 4, 2011.

Bond was $3,000.

•Christina Olivares O’Brien on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a third degree felony.

The indictment alleges that O’Brien fled from Patrolman Matthew Miller during an incident on Sept. 26, 2011.

Bond was $2,000.

•Mark Allen Snopek on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.

The charge is a third degree felony

BPD officers alleged that Snopek was caught driving drunk on Aug. 19, 2011.

The defendant had prior DWI convictions on July 26, 1994, and on July 29, 1997, both in Bee County.

His bond was $6,000 with conditions.

•Nathan Lawrence Woods, 32, on a DWI charge, third or more, a third degree felony.

According to a sheriff’s deputy, Woods was driving under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 31, 2011.

He had previous DWI convictions on Nov. 7, 2001, in Bee County and on Sept. 2, 2005, in Nueces County.

Bond was $4,000.

•Derrall Edward Byars on a charge of DWI, third or more.

BPD officers alleged that Byars was driving under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 31, 2011.

The defendant had previous DWI convictions on Feb. 7, 1995, in Bee County and on Oct. 27, 1997, in Travis County.

Bond was $2,500 with 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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beelori
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March 05, 2012
bail jumping = $100,000 bond

sex with a child 6 or younger = $20,000 bond

burglary w/intent harming a child = $15,000 bond

3rd or more DWI = $2,500 - $6,000 bond

This seems strange to me. Bail jumping only hurts the wallets of the bail bonds man, but the sex offender, harm of a child and repeat DWI offenders could KILL someone.
jenlp83@yahoo.com
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March 05, 2012
I agree completly. It's not right!