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Chase suspect heads to jail
A copper thief who led police on a September 7, 2011, high-speed pursuit in and around Floresville will spend four years in jail.
Jerry Martinez Guerrero, 39, of Floresville was found guilty by a jury Feb. 28 of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle and theft of copper worth less than $20,000. Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District praised the jury, who at the conclusion of the two-day trial sentenced Guerrero to the maximum of two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine for each count.
Guerrero and an accomplice were seen stealing copper welding leads from a truck parked outside the One Stop convenience store and Exxon gas station near the intersection of U.S. 181 and S.H. 97 West in Floresville. When the truck’s owner gave chase, Guerrero fled in a Ford Explorer, leaving his accomplice to flee on foot.
Officers from the Floresville Police Department responded to the scene and attempted to apprehend Guerrero. Instead, he led officers on a chase through the city, which at times reached 80 mph. He then fled the city on F.M. 536, losing control of the vehicle near C.R. 101, where he crashed into a pasture.
When officers arrived at the overturned Explorer, Guerrero already had fled. He was apprehended the next morning at a home in Floresville.
Headed to trial are the cases of Toni Lee Hanley, 50, of Matagorda and Jon Mykel Morales, 36, of San Antonio, who allegedly forged checks and attempted to cash them in Floresville and La Vernia H-E-B stores. The two were among 16 defendants who were indicted by a grand jury Feb. 23. They are scheduled for arraignment March 8.
Hanley, whose bond was set at a total of $28,000, is charged with two counts of forgery each, in two separate incidents that occurred on Nov. 28 and Dec. 4. The indictments allege that she attempted to cash four separate checks that belonged to the same victim. For each count, she faces a maximum sentence of two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Morales, whose bond was set at a total of $30,000, is charged with two counts of forgery each, in two separate incidents that occurred on Nov. 21 and Dec. 4. The indictments allege that he attempted to cash four separate checks that belonged to the same victim.
Because of two prior felony convictions -- one for forgery in Bexar County in 1994 -- Morales’ cases are being classed as state-jail felonies enhanced to second-degree felonies. If convicted, each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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