Ashley A. Garcia of Hernandez, accused of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with a March 9 incident at Bealls Department Store will remain in jail until her May 11 preliminary hearing on previous shoplifting charges.
Garcia, 23, appeared before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Thursday for her first appearance on the March 9 case where she and another woman, Stephanie Garcia, allegedly struck a pedestrian with a vehicle outside Bealls and fled the scene. A statewide warrant resulted in Ashley Garcia’s arrest, however her alleged accomplice remains at large.
Casados granted release on her own recognizance to Garcia on the Mar.ch9 charges but said it bothered her that Garcia had left the courtroom that day and allegedly committed a crime. According to court records, Garcia has had multiple probation violations related to a previous conviction for residential burglary in Rio Arriba County.
Also in Magistrate Court Thursday, under the terms of a plea agreement reached by Assistant District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Tyr Loranger, Ashley Flores pleaded guilty to driving under the influence first offense and received a 90-day suspended sentence and one year of probation. Flores was originally charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, possession of a controlled substance (metamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other charges were dismissed under the plea agreement. Flores was arrested Dec. 13, 2016, after she reportedly struck a median on Diamond Drive
Under another plea bargain, Brianna Dimick-Gonzales pleaded to possession of marijuana first offense, a petty misdemeanor and received a 15-day suspended sentence, 15 days unsupervised probation, a $50 fine and $149 in court costs. She was arrested after police allegedly found marijuana in her car during a police investigation into an explosion at a Los Alamos apartment.
In other court activity, Ashley Fragua waived her preliminary hearing and was bound over to District Court on charges of aggravated assault and battery against a family member. Preliminary hearings for Casandra Ruybal and Krista Wilhelm were continued as were a pre-trial hearing for Timothy Trombetto and a final pre-trial hearing for Garrett Katcher.