BEEVILLE — A driving while intoxicated arrest could land a man in prison for 20 years if he is convicted of the offense.
Ruben Molina, who was 55 years old when he was arrested for DWI by a Beeville Police Department officer on March 4, had his punishment range enhanced to a second degree felony when the Bee County Grand Jury met earlier this month.
The charge was an automatic third degree felony, because the defendant had previous DWI convictions on June 15, 1993, in Wharton County, on Oct. 13, 1994, in Hopkins County and on Nov. 22, 2000, in Bee County.
However, the charge was enhanced to a second degree felony because Molina had a previous felony conviction on a DWI charge on June 1, 2004, in Bee County.
Second degree felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
The defendant’s bond was set at $7,000 by District Judge Joel Johnson. The judge also included special DWI conditions in the bond agreement.
Others indicted this month included:
•Marco Antonio Cantu on a charge of DWI, third or more – a third degree felony.
The offense is punishable by a 10-year prison term and a $10,000 fine.
Cantu was charged with the offense in connection with a Dec. 30, 2011, incident.
The defendant had two previous DWI convictions, both on Sept. 9, 2010, in Bee County.
Bond was $5,000.
•John Jason Altamirano on a charge of burglary of a building – a state jail felony.
If convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to a two-year term in a state jail facility and fined $10,000.
According to police, Altamirano entered a building owned by another man on April 18, 2011, and stole a tire.
Bond was $5,000.
•Brittany Anne Hadden and Kendrick Rahad Hadden on charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than one gram.
The charge is a state jail felony. Police arrested both suspects in connection with an incident on Oct. 8, 2011.
Bond was $1,500.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.