Victoria County jury hands down 60 year prison sentence
VICTORIA, Texas- On Wednesday, January 15, 2020 a Victoria County jury convicted 39 year old Jose Reyes Romero, Jr., of the felony offenses of Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine. On February 26, 2019 at approximately 5:00 a.m. a Victoria Police Department officer attempted to stop Romero for driving without headlights on. Romero led officers on a low speed chase that ended when he crashed into a residence in the 1000 block of Ash Street. A search of the vehicle yielded a shaving kit containing methamphetamine, numerous small plastic baggies, and a digital scale.
After finding him guilty, the jury heard testimony that Romero had previous convictions for aggravated robbery, assault family violence, and three DWIs. As a result, the jury determined Romero was a habitual offender and sentenced him to 60 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The case was prosecuted at trial by Victoria County Assistant District Attorney Arnold Hayden. Romero was represented by attorney Keith Weiser. Judge Elí Garza presided over the two day trial.