Latin Kings Gang Member Dethroned, Judge Revokes Probation
SAN ANGELO, TX -- 20-year-old Austin Ray Carpenter took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in a felony motion to revoke hearing.
Prosecuting attorneys presented evidence that Carpenter violated his probation 13 times in 10 months and was even arrested twice. Carpenter was given deferred adjudication in November 2016 after taking a plea deal for a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Evidence admitted in court showed Carpenter is listed a member of the Latin Kings gang which is known for drug delivery and sales and human trafficking nationwide and in San Angelo.
Carpenter’s original charge stemmed from a November 9, 2016 assault at the Econolodge in the 400 block of west Beauregard. According to evidence presented at trial, Carpenter and Daniel Cuellar were accused of assaulting Justin McCarthy and robbing him of methamphetamine. Video surveillance showed Cuellar put a gun to the back of McCarthy’s head and pulling the trigger.
Carpenter pled guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was given deferred adjudication probation.
Carpenter took the stand and denied he had a gun at anytime during the incident. Prosecutors and police had alleged he had a facebook page and frequently posted gang signs and photos about being released from jail and being back out on the streets. Carpenter denied the facebook page was his and Judge Jones refused to allow the social media into evidence.
Jones said formal sentencing is set for Friday, September 15 at 11 a.m.