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February 12, 2014 | 3,542 views | 4 comments

A former La Vernia police officer is serving 30 days’ probation after a judge agreed to a plea deal related to a criminal trespassing charge.

Tracy McBlain, 48, pleded no contest to disorderly conduct Jan. 28 in Wilson County Court before visiting Judge Lynn Ellison. In addition to probation, McBlain also was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $268 in court costs.

Charges against two codefendants, 50-year-old Antonio Duran and McBlain’s husband -- 49-year-old San Antonio Police Department Officer Franklin McBlain -- have been dismissed, according to court records. A fourth defendant, Blanca Wilkins, is set to stand trial March 17.

The four were charged in connection with a Dec. 4, 2011, incident on Creek Park Drive north of Floresville, after a resident accused them of cutting through a chain securing a gate before entering his property.

In addition to the county court, the district court in Wilson County continues to be busy with criminal cases. Among defendants appearing recently before 218th District Court Judge Stella Saxon are:

•Basilio Garcia, 30, of Karnes City, charged with possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility for his alleged role in a May 26, 2013, incident in the Wilson County Jail. On Feb. 3, Saxon set April 21 as the date when a jury would be selected ahead of Garcia’s trial. His next scheduled court appearance is a pretrial hearing March 4, followed by a docket call April 7.

•Rosanna Hernandez, 38, of Pandora, sentenced Feb. 5 to 180 days in prison, followed by 10 years’ shock probation, after being convicted of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury following a 2012 crash in Floresville. Court records indicate that Hernandez will return to court July 14, where a judge could decide to send her to the state’s Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Program for treatment.

•Steven Edward Cole of Floresville, committed Feb. 5 to another year in a psychiatric facility. He was committed July 16, 2013, when 81st Judicial Judge Donna Rayes found that he was guilty by reason of insanity in connection with a 2011 shootout with five law-enforcement officers.

•Pedro Silva, 46, of San Antonio and 24-year-old Samantha Cunningham of Seguin, both charged with aggravated robbery in connection with an Oct. 2 incident near the Guadalupe County line, were in court Feb. 5 for a pretrial hearing. Cunningham also is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and debit-card abuse. Both are set to return to court March 12 for a docket call, with jury selection in their trial set for March 24.
 

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Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
February 12, 2014 2:37pm
 
lvtxresident, it's in the article. Plus, the charge is just a misdemeanor, so the fine's probably the worst part.

 
lvtxresident  
la vernia  
February 12, 2014 1:49pm
 
what happened to her husband (former sapd officer)& two other codefendants that were charged and involved?

 
POFPO  
Floresville  
February 12, 2014 1:44pm
 
Couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
February 12, 2014 9:45am
 
So, does that mean Tracy is no longer allowed to carry a gun or be a peace officer?

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