Hamlin man receives 10 years probation for shooting& killing man
HAMLIN, Texas - A Hamlin man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 58-year-old Lupe Romero in March has received 10 years deferred adjudication. Oscar Villarreal accepted a plea bargain Tuesday for manslaughter. The Jones County District Attorney's office stated, " Villarreal recklessly discharged a weapon causing the death of Lupe Romero in Hamlin." Lupe Romero's family has called the deal an injustice. Previous story Hamlin police say the man who claimed to be a witness to Sunday's deadly shooting of 58-year-old Lupe Romero confessed to the crime and has been charged with murder. Oscar Rene Villarreal, 24, was booked into Jones County Jail after 9 p.m. Monday. His bond was set at $500,000. Police were dispatched to Romero's home in the 600 block of NE Ave. B at 1:20 a.m. Sunday. Romero was found with a gunshot wound to the "right side of the body" and then transported to Hamlin Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Police Chief Bobby Evans said Villarreal falsely accused two male suspects and then later confessed to the shooting. The murder charge against 18-year-old Steven Delaine Ledesma has been dropped. KTXS will provide additional details as they become available. Previous story: The Hamlin Police Department has dropped the murder charge against 18-year-old Steven Delaine Ledesma. Ledesma was arrested Sunday for the murder of Lupe Romero, 58. District Attorney Joe Edd Boaz said "that I asked Judge Hagler to recall the murder warrant on Steven Ledesma at the request of law enforcement." GALLERY --} http://www.ktxs.com/417782679 KTXS has been in contact with Hamlin Police Chief Bobby Evans to find out why the charge was dropped and if anyone else will be charged in the case. We're hoping to speak with him after lunch. Police were dispatched to Romero's home in the 600 block of NE Ave. B at 1:20 a.m. Sunday. He was found with a gunshot wound and transported to Hamlin Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries. An autopsy has been ordered. KTXS will update this story as soon as more information is available.