Day 4 of sentencing in Barrientes Vela trial

(*4*)SAN ANTONIO – Sentencing resumed Tuesday afternoon for disgraced ex-constable Michelle Barrientes Vela.

(*4*)On Monday, a former Precinct 2 deputy accused an lawyer for Michelle Barrientes Vela of asking main questions.

(*4*)Jason Castanon, who labored beneath Barrientes Vela in 2019 as her tenure as Bexar County Precinct 2 constable unraveled, was among the many Precinct 2 personnel ordered to arrest fellow deputy Leonicio Moreno in late April of that year.

(*4*)Moreno had filed to run towards Barrientes Vela for constable weeks earlier than he was arrested on a perjury warrant filed by the constable’s then-captain, Marc D. Garcia.

(*4*)Prosecutors dismissed the legal case towards Moreno hours after he was marched in entrance of media cameras and booked into the Bexar County Jail.

(*4*)Jail surveillance footage obtained by KSAT Investigates that summer time confirmed Moreno pushed into the jail’s sally port and unloaded from the automobile, earlier than being put again into the automobile and pushed out of the sally port.

(*4*)Deputies then drove Moreno round for almost a half-hour earlier than lastly taking him into jail to be booked, video time stamps confirmed.

(*4*)While beneath cross-examination Monday, Castanon accused Jasmin Olguin, a pupil lawyer working for the agency representing Barrientes Vela, of asking main questions in regards to the reserving of Moreno.

(*4*)Olguin, who is predicted to affix the agency as an affiliate after getting again the outcomes of her state bar examination, continued the theme of making an attempt to cast doubt about Moreno’s integrity.

(*4*)Moreno, the one-time coaching coordinator for Precinct 2 and a member of Barrientes Vela’s authentic command employees, was fired in 2018 after which later reinstated.

(*4*)Moreno had been accused of falsifying coaching information for him and different members of the company.

(*4*)Barrientes Vela’s almost two-week lengthy trial concluded final month with a jury convicting her of altering safety cost logs for Rodriguez Park and knowingly turning over false information to regulation enforcement after receiving grand jury subpoenas in the summer time of 2019.

(*4*)Barrientes Vela nonetheless faces three counts of official oppression associated to her therapy of Moreno and a second Precinct 2 deputy, Christopher De la Cerda.

(*4*)Prosecutors have indicated that they’ll dismiss these prices on the conclusion of her sentencing listening to for felony tampering.

(*4*)Garcia, who was indicted alongside the previous constable in January 2020, is scheduled to go to trial for aggravated perjury late subsequent month.

(*4*)The prosecution and protection stated Monday they’ve round 15 witnesses mixed nonetheless to name to testify.

(*4*)Judge Velia Meza, who’s issuing the punishment in this case, may achieve this by the tip of the week.

(*4*)Barrientes Vela faces between two years probation and 10 years in jail.

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