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Escalante gets probation, must make full restitution




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As part of a plea agreement struck Dec. 11 in Wilson County District Court, former area Realtor Ruth Elizabeth Snider Escalante of Atascosa will spend the next nine years on probation.

Court records indicate that the 52-year-old Escalante pled no contest to two counts of theft of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000, and to a third similar count related to an elderly victim. Between June 2010 and December 2011, Escalante -- who was managing rental properties -- collected rent money from tenants but did not remit the funds to the respective landlords.

For the first two counts, 81st District Court Judge Donna Rayes sentenced Escalante to five years’ probation. On the count related to the elderly victim, she was sentenced to nine years’ probation.

In addition, Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District said Escalante must make full restitution to her victims, pay a $2,000 fine, serve 400 hours of community service, and receive a mental-health evaluation within 30 days. All three victims, and Floresville-based Realtor Pat Brown, will receive letters of apology from Escalante, Louis said.

According to the Texas Real Estate Commission’s website, Escalante’s real-estate broker license currently is suspended.

Other defendants appearing in Wilson County District Court Dec. 11 included:

•Samantha Cunningham, 24, of Seguin, arraigned on charges of aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and with debit-card abuse in connection with an incident that occurred Oct. 2. She is set to return to court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 5, followed by a docket call March 12, with jury selection ahead of her trial set for March 24.

•Jordan Robert Lewis, 30, of San Antonio, present for a docket call following his Dec. 9 arraignment on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault in connection with his March 3, 2012, escape from the Wilson County Jail. Jury selection ahead of his trial on those charges, and an unrelated burglary charge, is set for Jan. 6. On that date, he also will be sentenced related to his previous guilty pleas on charges of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and escape related to the 2012 incident.

•Kyle McKay, 19, present in court for a docket call related to his charges of murder and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection with the November 2012 death of Dakotah Reynolds. He also is charged with possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of heroin. Jury selection ahead of McKay’s trial is set for Jan. 6.

•Rosanna Hernandez, 38, of Pandora, present for a docket call. She is charged with intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury and failure to stop and render aid, in connection with an Oct. 26, 2012, incident in Floresville. Hernandez waived her right to a jury trial, and will return to court for sentencing Feb. 5.

Among those arraigned in court Dec. 9 were:

•Pedro Silva, 46, of San Antonio, who is Cunningham’s alleged accomplice in the Oct. 2 robbery. He is set to return to court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 25, followed by a docket call March 12, with jury selection ahead of his trial set for March 24.

•John David De Leon, who is charged with harassment of a public servant in connection with an Aug. 22 incident. He is set to return to court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 25, followed by a docket call March 12, with jury selection ahead of his trial set for March 24.
 

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