Teen suspect in Big G robbery certified as adult
A 15-year-old Elgin teen, who is one of three suspects in the New Year’s Eve robbery of Big G Grocery in Early, was certified Friday to stand trial as an adult.
Brown County Judge Ray West ruled after a hearing that he is transferring jurisdiction in the aggravated robbery case against Antonio Vega to district court.
West ruled after hearing testimony from Early police detective Mike McCoy and Brown County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Lisa Ritter.
Ritter recommended that Vega’s case be transferred to district court, saying she doesn’t believe he would be in the juvenile system long enough to receive adequate rehabilitative services.
Defense attorney Tommy Adams argued that a report on a psychological evaluation of Vega recommended against transferring Vega to district court. Ritter, reading from the report, said she believes the report had no such recommendation.
West noted the disagreement between Adams and Ritter over the term “contra-indicate” in the report, which West said was a double negative. West took a recess to read the report and determine what it was actually recommending.
West reconvened court and said he was making a ruling based on “the nature of the offense,” Vega’s history and the prospects of rehabilitation in the juvenile system.
Early police drove Vega to the Brown County Jail after the hearing. He was booked into jail with bond set at $100,000, police said.
Vega’s two co-defendants, Cody Williams, 20, and Jackie Scott, 19, both of Elgin, have also been charged with aggravated robbery in the Big G Grocery robbery, authorities have said. Vega, Williams and Scott, along with a fourth person, are also charged in a strong of robberies in Elgin, police said earlier.
Early police allege that Vega and Williams entered the Big G Grocery around 8:15 p.m. and pulled the robbery while Scott waited in the car. Police believe Vega was the person who carried a shotgun and fired it twice inside the store. Police believe Williams hit a Big G employee with brass knuckles.
35th District Court sentencings
According to information from District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office:
Ruben Cadena pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Cadena pleaded guilty to theft over $1,500 under $20,000, three forgery cases and possession of a controlled substance, and was sentenced to 20 months in state jail in each case.
Alexander James Cole Gordon pleaded guilty to two cases of burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Dustin Wayne Lindley pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and was sentenced to five years in prison. Lindley pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.
Melina Kay Crosby pleaded guilty to endangering a child and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Tobby Bosquez pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Susan Briley pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Riley pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Juan Luna Rodriguez pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Jeffrey Prescott Rivera pleaded guilty to theft over $20,000 under $100,000 and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Grady Lee Evans pleaded guilty to DWI with child passenger and was sentenced to 15 months in state jail.
Gary Don Daniel pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.