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Woman pleads guilty, gets 12 years for robbery
Judge Donna S. Rayes of the 81st Judicial District has sentenced 25-year-old Samantha Cunningham of Seguin to spend the next 12 years of her life in a state prison. The sentence came Aug. 19 in Wilson County District Court.
Cunningham was set to appear before Rayes for a pretrial hearing. She pled guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, debit-card abuse, and aggravated robbery for her role in an Oct. 3, 2013, incident in which a 70-year-old man was robbed at his home near the Guadalupe County line. Officials said the man was threatened with a firearm and a knife before his Visa debit card and 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck were stolen.
Court records indicate that Rayes sentenced Cunningham to 12 years in prison for the robbery. For the other charges, she was sentenced to two years each in a state jail. Charges against Cunningham’s alleged accomplice -- Pedro Sanchez Silva of San Antonio -- were dismissed May 12 after Sanchez died of cancer April 27.
Other defendants on the Aug. 19 court docket included:
•James Jimenez, 47, and 33-year-old Agapito Rios, for a pretrial hearing. Both are charged with murder in the 2008 death of 35-year-old Ricardo Lopez de la Rosa Jr. of San Antonio. They are set to return to court for a docket call Sept. 16, with jury selection ahead of their trial set for Sept. 29.
•Charles Hewitt, 54, of Pleasanton, who remains the subject of an arrest warrant, again opting to not appear in court. He has yet to answer his charges after being indicted May 9 on one count each of intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter with a motor vehicle, following a 2013 crash that ended with a woman perishing, while her husband was severely injured.
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