Saturday, September 10, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas NB man gets 80 years for attacking girlfriend September 2005 HERALDZEITUNG Page 5A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 31yearold New Braun fels man was sentenced to 80 years in prison Friday for allegedly breaking into a home and attacking his estranged girlfriend with a Hugo was convicted Thursday on charges of burglary of a habi tation and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for breaking into the home of a New Braunfels woman on May and slashing at her with a She sustained defensive wounds on her hands and arms and a serious wound on her upper torso that nearly cut into her lungs and missed an artery by less than an Villegas will be eligible for parole in 40 The offense occurred while Villegas was free on bail on a March possession of cocaine charge and before his subsequent arrest on fed eral charges for allegedly bringing illegal immigrants across the Mexico border for At his trial this Ville gas wife whom he subse quently married while a fed eral inmate for the immigra tion charge testified Ville gas committed the smuggling offense to raise money for his defense in New Defense attorney Martin Zimmerman attempted to block the trial this arguing that Villegas had been denied due process in his handling by local and fed eral officials and in delays and transportation issues that prevented him from hav ing enough access to his client to adequately defend Zimmerman also ques tioned the makeup of die jury pool that resulted in a jury of seven men and five only one of whom was His This is not Zimmer man said This will be Jurors who heard testimony this week and deliberated less than two hours before con victing Villegas took about the same amount of time Friday to assess him a penalty mat will mean he will be at least 70 years old before he again gets outside prison Prosecutor Joe Soane 111 attacked Villegas in his clos ing argument Friday in which he asked jurors to assess him a penalty of at least 60 During Zimmermans opening he stat ed he would convey to you what kind of person Ville gas Soane I think you have a pretty good idea what kind of person he Soane outlined Villegas criminal history for the In he was convicted in Travis County on a charge of burglary of a That same year in New he shot a local man who spent 37 days in intensive Villegas was sentenced to 10 years in state Soon after he got out of Villegas began com ing to the attention of law enforcement Soane said the time for rehabilita tion was well past when it came to With the burglary of a building you see he is a Soane told the With the aggravated assault you see hes And in the 1992 he shot a man here in New Hes a drug The charge of transporting illegal immigrants for money shows he is an individual who con sistently takes advantage of Villegas has left a chain of victims in his Villegas was living a drugabusing lifestyle instead of taking care of his Soane We know what he was spending his money he He has expressed a complete disdain for the court system and the legal Hes had four strikes and this is his Its too dangerous for him to be out and he doesnt deserve to live here Zimmerman painted a much different picture of Vil legas for the He spoke of the familys love for the defendant and of his love for his wife and chil You heard from Ville gas You saw her in the courtroom and you heard from members of Ville gas Zimmerman You heard her testify that when he is home he shows his There were factors in Ville gas life that the jury should consider in Zim merman Justice and mercy both go he arguing that jurors consider the low er end of the timeframe Ville gas faced in In his First Assis tant District Attorney Ed Springer scoffed at the idea of a short sentence for Ville gas and argued that he should spend the rest of his life in In some 15 years is an appropriate Springer Every case should be considered on the TWO GREAT SHOPS SAME LOCATION Furniture on That Place LOOK FOR THE UNUSUAL Gently Used Home ArMork Clocks 830 6253342 WORKSHOP ON SITE We show sell for you 830 7437284 Tuesday thru Saturday Hours 10am 5pm 1604 IH35 North New TX North of Canyon High School on the 1H35 access road 4RQ7N aD cuice mice Ladies and Get your dancing shoes ready You are invited to a tunfilled evening of dancing and socializing on September 24th in the New Braunfels Civic The David Kantzs Orchestra will In playing some of the nip tunes the 40s and 50s era for our dancing Complimentary Champagne will he served from ui PM Dancing to and snacks Dress Code SemiFormal with Formal being Tickets per couple can be purchased by mailing your check to Top Hal Dance 510 Robin New 78132 No tickets will be sold after 20lh For more information Call 6096121 or EMail The Top Hat Club is dedicated in helping to keep ballroom dancing Bring back the elegance of ballroom Hnjoy meet wonderful people and to bring joy and benefits ot ballroom dancing to many FEMA says it will end plan to give evacuees debit cardii WASHINGTON AP The federal governments relief agency said Friday it will discontinue its program to distribute debit cards to hurricane victims and use bank deposits two days after hastily announcing the novel plan to provide quick The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will scrap the program once officials finish distributing cards this weekend at shelters in Hous ton and San where many of the evacuees were No cards will be issued to victims in other Hurricane victims at other locations will have to apply for expedited aid through the agencys traditional route filling out information on FEMAsWeb site to receive direct bank deposits FEMA spokeswoman Natalie Rule saifl We tried it as an innovative way to get aid to evacuee populations in We decided it would be more expedi tious with direct she cit ing the large staffing operation that would be required to replicate the Texas operation in oilier CHURCH CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Members met up at shelter in Houston up residence in Rock Kill Gospels retreat While most of the group left New Orleans they managed to find each other in The churchs two 15passenger vans brought them the rest of the When they they were greeted with food and open Rock Hills Pastor Bubba Collins and his with help from other local churches and had turned the centers dorm facilities into an almost four star Collins said it was a miracle how everything had come Weve just been over whelmed by all of the peo ple who have helped he Its been The kitchen and dining room were lined with shelves full of food brought by locals who heard about Rock Hills commitment to the evac They brought canned perishable items and refrigerators to keep every thing Down the one former Sunday school classroom is full of donated Smiths said arriving at Rock Hill was a Its a place of and people are supplying all our she We left everything We had Photos by DAVID Hurricane Katrina evacuee Scherod Stewart runs his toy school bus through his grits and eggs 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