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Man sentenced to 15 years for failure to appear in court in kidnapping case

April 9, 2018


CRYSTAL CITY- District Attorney Roberto Serna reported that on April 5, 2018, a Zavala County jury sentenced Felipe Hernandez to 15 years confinement in prison for the offense of Bail Jumping/Failure to Appear. 

Felipe Hernandez had failed to appear in court as required after he been released from custody on a bail bond after being charged with the offense of Aggravated Kidnapping. 

The evidence in the trial indicated that Hernandez defiantly rejected his obligation to appear in court as directed.

D.A. Serna would like to thank Assistant District Attorneys Martha A. Ponce and Robert L. Little, and District Attorney Investigator Richard Guzman for their hard work in preparing and presenting the case to the jury.  D.A. Serna would also like to thank Zavala County Sheriff Eusevio Salinas and his Office for their efforts in this case. 

D.A. Serna noted that failure of persons to appear in court as directed causes severe disruption in our system of justice.  D. A. Serna stated that such a failure to appear by a person accused of an offense is a separate and serious crime.  D. A. Serna pledges to the public that he and his office will continue to seek the successful prosecution of these kind of offenses and all other felony crimes in Dimmit, Maverick, and Zavala County, to ensure the safety and protection of the public.


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