23, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Shorter sentences for convicted criminals spurs controversy
By: Ruben Veloz EL PASO, Texas -- A controversial move to allow federal prosecutors to shorten prison sentences for minor drug offenders is closer to becoming reality. The move is aimed at reducing the country's surging prison population. ...
23, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Daniel Athens, Texas Man Who Urinated On The Alamo, Sentenced To 18 Months In State Prison [PHOTO]
A Texas man will be spending the next 18 months in state prison after he was sentenced Monday for urinating on the Alamo two years ago. Daniel Athens, 23, of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in connection with the April 2012 incident, the Smoking Gun reported Tuesday. Athens, who was also ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution, was facing up to two years in prison if he hadn’t ...
23, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX El Paso driver gets 10 years in bicyclist death
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas driver has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for striking and killing a bicyclist in a 2009 daytime wreck. The victim on Aug. 29, 2009, was riding his bicycle on the shoulder of a road when he was hit by an SUV in a midmorning accident.
23, Apr 2014 - Bond reduced for Farrey father in child death case
EL PASO, Texas - Bond was recently reduced for an El Paso man lodged in jail in Texas in connection with the death of his five-month-old son. Jeffrey Farrey fled to Michigan last November with his wife, Jenna Farrey, and their older son, Blake.
22, Apr 2014 - Vega, TX Araceli Nava heading to prison for killing bicyclist in 2009
By: Melissa Gundersen EL PASO, Texas -- An El Paso woman found guilty of driving into and killing a bicyclist on North Loop Drive nearly five years ago broke down in tears Monday afternoon as jurors sentenced her to 10 years in prison. Through the courtroom doors, Araceli Nava, 29, was caught covering her face as she cried uncontrollably. ...
22, Apr 2014 - Judge Denies Relief for El Paso Abortion Clinic
by Cathaleen Qiao Chen | The Texas Tribune A federal judge on Wednesday denied an El Paso abortion clinic temporary relief from a new state requirement that physicians who provide abortions obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion facility. ...
20, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Emotional 911 call played for jurors in Araceli Nava trial
By: Melissa Gundersen EL PASO, Texas -- The trial for an El Paso woman accused of driving drunk, hitting and killing a bicyclist five years ago began Monday morning. Key testimony caused some people to leave the courtroom in tears. Araceli Nava, 29 sat in court with her attorneys by her side and listened to an emotional phone call she made to police on Aug. ...
20, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Leader of Dallas-based immigrant ring gets 6 years
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A co-leader of a Dallas-based human smuggling ring has been sentenced to six years in prison for helping slip immigrants through West Texas. Investigators believe the human smuggling ring operated since 2008 and transported more than 150 people through the El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, corridor.
20, Apr 2014 - Georgia man charged with kidnapping man found at Anthony, Texas truck stop
A Georgia man has been indicted in El Paso federal court on charges he allegedly kidnapped another man in February.
20, Apr 2014 - Indigent defense system debated: Other Texas counties take judges out of process
The debate over how to improve and manage the indigent defense legal system is not unique to El Paso County.
20, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Trial begins for El Paso man accused of murder: intentional or drunken mistake?
By: Melissa Gundersen EL PASO, Texas -- The murder trial of an El Paso man accused of driving into a crowd of people, killing one woman, at a Lower Valley house party began Monday morning with attorneys arguing whether the incident was intentional or a drunken mistake. ...
20, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Fate of El Paso man accused of driving into, killing woman in jurors' hands
By: Melissa Gundersen EL PASO, Texas -- Jurors in the trial for a man accused of intentionally driving into a group of people, killing a woman, began deliberating Wednesday afternoon. Miguel Tinoco is charged with murder, criminal negligent homicide and aggravated assault. ...
19, Apr 2014 - Lytle, TX Crosby grad named Lytle head coach
Crosby High School graduate and University of Texas-El Paso linebacker Damian Judge is the new head coach at Lytle High School.
04, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Public defender fee increase could raise taxes, force county budget cuts
By: Bill Melugin EL PASO, Texas â The El Paso County Council of Judges reaffirmed its desire to raise indigent attorney fees $15 per hour at a meeting on Thursday. The change is set to begin on April 1, and would raise out-of-court fees to $75 per hour, and in-court fees to $90 per hour. ...
04, Apr 2014 - Ramos Court families claim emotional damages in 2011 canal flood
By: Stacey Welsh EL PASO, Texas -- A group of families affected by flooding on Ramos Court in El Paso's Lower Valley want a payout from the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 for emotional damages. Many homes in the area are still condemned. ...
04, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX El Paso County DWI program receives national recognition
By: Stacey Welsh EL PASO, Texas -- The El Paso County DWI Drug Court Intervention and Treatment Program is one of only four drug courts in the country to be named a National Academy Court. The award means the program could receive more funding at the state and federal level to put more offenders through the program. ...
04, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Texas Indigent Defense Commission to review El Paso County's program
The Texas Indigent Defense Commission has agreed to examine El Paso's indigent-defense system to make sure there are no irregularities in spending and how lawyers are assigned cases.
04, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Audit request of El Paso County indigent defense practices would be fourth in Texas in 12 years
Commissioner Vince Perez's request for a comprehensive review of the indigent defense practices in El Paso County would be the fourth of its kind made by a Texas elected official in the last 12 years, said Jim Bethke, executive director of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
02, Apr 2014 - Laredo, TX Bond reduced for Jeffrey Farrey
By: Jamel Valencia EL PASO, Texas - The bond for the father of a missing 5-month-old boy whose body was found in the New Mexico desert was reduced. Judge Patrick Garcia ruled on Wednesday that Jeffrey Farreyâs bond to a $1 million surety bond and a $500,000 personal recognized bond. ...
01, Apr 2014 - El Paso, TX Update: Police officer arrested on domestic violence charge
EL PASO, Texas â An officer with the El Paso police department was arrested on a domestic violence charge, police said. According to court records, Gilbert Melendez was booked on the charge Thursday, and was released Friday after posting a $2,500 bond. ...
01, Apr 2014 - Houston lawyer spends big money in El Paso races
AUSTIN >> Texas' top campaign contributor says he is committed to building a Democratic majority in Texas.
19, Dec 2013 - El Paso, TX Willie Gandara Sr. sentenced to 42 months in prison
By: Ruben Veloz and Jamel Valencia EL PASO, Texas - Willie Gandara Sr. was sentenced Thursday for his role in the large-scale public corruption scheme. A federal Judge sentenced Gandara to 42 months in prison, three years supervised release, a $25,000 fine and $5,575. ...
16, Dec 2013 - El Paso, TX Former EPISD trustee heading to prison
By: Melissa Gundersen EL PASO, Texas -- After 17 years of accepting bribes and bribing others, a former El Paso Independent School District trustee is sentenced to three years in prison. Monday a federal judge sentenced Sal Mena, 67, to three years in prison and three years' supervised release. ...
02, Mar 2012 - El Paso, TX Willie Gandara Jr.'s Intent To Resign Letter To County Judge
EL PASO, Texas -- Editor's Note: Below is the text of Joe Spencer's intent to resign letter to El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar on behalf of his client, Guillermo "Willie" Gandara Jr.
12, Dec 2011 - High court to look at state immigration laws - El Paso Times
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on Arizona's controversial law targeting illegal immigrants. The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ... and new electoral maps for Texas' legislature and congressional ...