Grand jurors indict defendants of assault, drugs, weapons charges
by Gary Kent
May 26, 2010 | 1571 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County grand jurors returned indictments on several defendants accused of third degree and state jail felony crimes when they met earlier this month.

Those indicted included:

•Joel Ramiro Jiminez on a charge of assault, family violence, choking.

The offense is a third degree felony. If Jiminez is convicted, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.

Investigators with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office claimed that on Feb. 23, the defendant caused bodily injury to a girl in his family by applying pressure to her neck and by blocking her nose and mouth.

District Judge Janna Whatley set bond on the defendant at $10,000.

•Eric James Alvarado on a charge of retaliation, a third degree felony.

Beeville Police Department investigators claimed that Alvarado on Jan. 10 by pointing a finger at another man and said, “All right, m--f--, I’m going to kill you.”

The victim reportedly had reported a crime for which Alvarado was accused.

Bond was $5,000.

•Daniel Joseph Cortez on a charge of bail jumping, a third degree felony.

District Court Bailiff Bill Lazenby alleged that Cortez failed to appear for a hearing on April 13 on a charge of felony driving while intoxicated.

The defendant was free on a $1,500 bond at the time of the offense.

Cortez’s new bond was set at $30,000.

•Juan Israel Maduena on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third degree felony.

According to deputies, the defendant had a firearm in his possession after the fifth anniversary of his release from confinement on a felony conviction at a location other than his residence.

He had been convicted of delivery of cocaine in Brazos County on Sept. 8, 1989.

Bond was $2,500.

•Derrick Dwayne Robinson on a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.

The charge is a third degree felony.

Police alleged that Robinson had an illegal sawed-off shotgun in his possession on March 30.

Bond was $3,000.

•Marissa Ann Martinez on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, one to four grams.

The offense is a third degree felony.

Deputies said the defendant had the drug on Feb. 30.

Bond was $5,000.

•Rosario Flores Gonzales on a charge of DWI, third offense or more.

The charge is a third degree felony.

According to the BPD, the offense occurred on Sept. 27, 2008.

The defendant had previous DWI convictions on Sept. 10, 1986, and on May 3, 1994, both in Bee County.

Bond was $5,000.

•Willian Joseph Bourke on a charge of DWI, third offense or more.

BPD officers claimed the offense took place on Nov. 21, 2009.

The indictment said Bourke had previous DWI convictions on Jan. 23, 1993, in Kleberg County and on Nov. 30, 2006, in Austin County.

Bond was $5,000.

•Eric James Alvarado and Jonathan Paul Morrow were named in separate indictments on two counts of theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.

State jail felonies are punishable by confinement of up to two years in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.

Police accused the two men of stealing a .45-caliber and a .380-caliber pistol from a local man on Nov. 26, 2008.

Bond for each suspect was $5,000.

•Olivia Annette Esparza in a three-count indictment that included one case of evading arrest with a motor vehicle and two counts of endangering a child.

All three counts are state jail felonies.

Police alleged that Esparza used a motor vehicle to escape from Patrolman Ryan Treviño on Nov. 2, 2009, while he was trying to arrest her.

The defendant was charged with having two children under the age of 15 in the vehicle with her at the time.

•Donald Berkley Ernest on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.

BPD investigators said Ernest fled from Patrolman Art Gamez on Jan. 31 when the officer was trying to arrest him.

Bond was $2,500.
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