13 Nov From The Office of the District Attorney
From The Office of the District Attorney
On January 10, 2019, a seventeen-year-old Dimmit County resident was shot and killed by two sixteen-year-old juveniles from Crystal City in Zavala County, Texas. The case investigation was started that same night by the Zavala County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Texas Ranger, Randy Garcia, and the Crystal City Police Department along with the District Attorney’s Office. Within a few hours, two sixteen-year old juveniles were detained in connection with the homicide. During the course of the investigation it appeared that this senseless act of violence was done intentionally and knowingly by the two juveniles. After much hard work and dedication by the law enforcement agencies in coordination with the Office of the District Attorney these two juveniles cases were presented to a Zavala County Grand Jury for certification for a determinate sentence. On the 10th day of June, 2019, the non-shooter plead true and was sentenced pursuant to the Texas Family Code to a determinate sentence of twenty years confinement. On November 7, 2019, the shooter plead true and was handed down a determinate sentence of thirty years confinement. Based on the work of the law enforcement agencies and highly trained investigators led by District Attorney, Roberto Serna, this matter was resolved in a fair but firm manner. District Attorney Roberto Serna further went on to state that juveniles who commit adult crimes will be prosecuted accordingly.
These two cases were completed based on the many years of experience and superb working relationship between all law enforcement agencies and thus District Attorney, Roberto Serna, does thank Texas Ranger Randy Garcia, Zavala County Sheriff Salinas, Zavala County Deputy Jesse Jimenez and District Attorney Investigators, Richard Guzman and Mario Santoya.
A clear message from these two cases is that Zavala, Dimmit, and Maverick counties will not tolerate violent criminal acts by juveniles nor by adults and that such conduct will have serious consequences in order for us to protect our communities, schools, neighbors, and our citizens.