Two habitual felons found guilty by Victoria County juries and sentenced to lengthy prison sentences

On Wednesday, a Victoria County jury convicted 38 year old Benino Delagarza, of Victoria, of the felony offense of Tampering with Evidence after two days of testimony.

Delagarza was arrested on March 12, 2019, based upon a Victoria Police Department investigation by Officers Ryan Kelly, Jonathan Delarosa, and Leticia Guajardo. The case was prosecuted at trial by Victoria County ADAs Arnold Hayden and D’na Collins.

After evidence was presented of multiple prior crimes involving narcotics and violence against women, including 7 prior felony convictions, Delagarza was sentenced as a habitual offender to 99 years in prison by Hon. Eli Garza, presiding judge of the 377th Judicial District Court of Victoria County.

Also on Wednesday, a Victoria County jury convicted 41 year old Joel Bradley Cook, of Victoria, of Assault Strangulation after two days of testimony. Cook was arrested on January 28, 2019 by Victoria Police Department Officers Danielle Turner, Dinah Levario, and Eric Parker after Cook choked a female with whom he had a dating relationship to the point of unconsciousness after they engaged in a dispute over a cellular phone.

The case was prosecuted by ADA Jordan Fries, with the assistance of District Attorney Constance Filley Johnson. Following the introduction of evidence by ADA Fries that Cook had been convicted of five prior felonies, including two additional offenses of domestic violence and an incident where he had attempted to take a Victoria County Sheriff Deputy’s service weapon, Cook was sentenced to 40 years in prison by Hon. Jack W. Marr, presiding judge of the 24th Judicial District.

The information in this article is from a press release sent from Criminal District Attorney Constance Filley Johnson.

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