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Judge puts two behind bars, 7 get probation

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:00 am

SEGUIN — Two defendants were sent to state correctional facilities and seven others received probation in proceedings conducted Sept. 27 by Second 25th District Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall.

Cory Lee Knight, 29, of Burleson, was sentenced to a four-year term in state prison in each of three cases accusing him of failing to register as a sex offender. The four-year sentences will be served concurrently.

Dustin Wayne Velasquez, 25, of San Antonio, pleaded true to the allegation in a motion to revoke is probation on a conviction for burglary of a building, and Kirkendall sentenced him to an 18-month term in state jail with credit for 315 days already served.

Velasquez was indicted in April 2011 on a charge of burglary of a building owned by the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative. He was accused of stealing copper pipes, a gas torch, extension cords, drills, dieheads and a pipe-threading machine.

Velasquez pleaded guilty and received a two-year term in state jail suspended and probated for four years.

The revocation motion, filed in June, accused Velasquez of failing to complete a court-ordered residential treatment program from which he was unsatisfactorily discharged.

Lacey Nicole Lewis, 26, of New Braunfels, received 10 years probation with deferred adjudication in each of two cases accusing her of possession of a controlled substance.

David Alan Dylla, 35, of Seguin, received four years probation with deferred adjudication on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Caroline Jane Certain, 20, of Corpus Christi, received three years probation with deferred adjudication on a charge of theft from a person.

Lalo Tavar Guzman, 39, of Mission, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, and he was sentenced to a two-year term in state jail suspended for two years with three years probation.

Gustavo Beltran, 46, of Seguin, received 18 months probation with deferred adjudication on a charge of theft of service, $500 or more in value, less than $1,500.

Shea Brooke Collins, 19, of Universal City, received 12 months probation with deferred adjudication on a charge of assault causing bodily injury/family violence.

Kaleb Zuniga, 18, of Seguin, received 12 months probation with deferred adjudication on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Pamela Dawn Byrd, 43, of New Braunfels, pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation, and District Judge Gary Steel on Sept. 26 assessed punishment of a four-year term in state prison suspended and probated for four years.

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  • Tiredofitall posted at 8:21 pm on Mon, Oct 8, 2012.

    Tiredofitall Posts: 94

    Well, when one elected official is purchasing drugs and another elected official wants to pay higher taxes with the cost related to a glass of ice tea, and one that was napping through most of the kind of sums it all up for "clean Seguin"....we need major house keeping. if the people getting off easy were actually out cleaning up our highways and trashed road sides at least we know they'd have to work and be put to good use!

  • flipperskipper posted at 2:50 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    flipperskipper Posts: 14

    The sex offenders record shows he failed to register five different times.How many chances does this guy get.The Lewis woman has eight different arrests with several charges on some of those One of them being no drivers license or insurance,but she is driving around with drugs.In the Know do you want to be on the road with that person ?I think not.The Collins woman was originally charged with aggarvated assault with a deadly weapon and family violence.Why is guadalupe county allowing violent offenders back on the street at all.Oh yeah so they can collect those fines.In the Know I suggest you take a gander at the guadalupe county judicial records search.Take a look at how many violent offenders are allowed back on the street with no jail time.There is a reason Clean Seguin has become a mess , and you can thank your elected officials .

  • flipperskipper posted at 2:26 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    flipperskipper Posts: 14

    All you have to do to be familiar with any of these defendants is go to guadalupe county judicial records and its free to pull up their records.In this county its all about collecting the fines .The whole probation department need an overhaul.

  • InTheKnow posted at 2:15 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    InTheKnow Posts: 50

    Four year sentence plus 18 months sentenced is more than 5 years. You also spelled equation incorrectly too. Are you discounting the sentence for time served? That would also be incorrect on your part.

  • flipperskipper posted at 5:08 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    flipperskipper Posts: 14

    There is a problem with the probation and judicial system in seguin and guadalupe county.It is all about collecting those fines and putting the criminals back out on the street to reoffend and get rearrested and then they can collect more fines.Not only that but the adult probation dept. in seguin needs to be looked into.They are not testing or checking on probationers.You want to know why there are so many that reoffend its because no one is supervising them.And guess what seguin its the law abiding citizens that are the victims of these reoffenders.

  • PeggyH posted at 9:03 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    PeggyH Posts: 408

    Knight sentenced to 4 years on each of the charges. The sentences run concurrenly. Velasquez sentenced to 18 months (450 days) with credit given for time spent in jail (315 days). Velasquez serves 135 days. Where in that equasion is the math wrong? I don't know any of the people sentenced. I'm not a lawyer nor have I attended law school. Guadalupe County isn't the only place in the United States that plea bargains cases. What I observe is the number of repeat offenders. Law enforcement officers work hard to clean up the streets only to have the people released and pick up where they left off. Vendetta? Not in the least. Tired of reading about probation with deferred adjudication? You bet!

  • InTheKnow posted at 6:39 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    InTheKnow Posts: 50

    PeggyH the first thing "wrong" is your math.
    Are you familiar with each of these defendants? Have you attended law school?
    Are you an attorney or a judge? You comment negatively on almost every post concerning the legal system in Guadalupe County. Do you have some sort of personal vendetta or just too much time on your hands?

  • tiredofbuckpassing posted at 11:50 am on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    tiredofbuckpassing Posts: 50

    Sounds like the punishment is "Now darlin', let's not do that again. Okay?"

  • PeggyH posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    PeggyH Posts: 408

    Nine defendants appeared in court. Every one of them pleaded guilty. Two are sentenced to jail/prison for a combined total of less than five years because they violated probation. Seven are given probation. What's wrong with this picture?