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HPL gang members indicted, go to trial

By Gheni_Platenburg
July 19, 2011 at 2:19 a.m.

Pedro Lucio

Pedro "Petey" Lucio is one of four gang members indicted in the 2005 attempted murder case of Joseph Gomez.

In addition to 24-year-old Lucio, Robert Lindstrom, 24; Joe Brian Martinez, 31; and Joe Mendoza, 36, were also indicted earlier this month for Gomez's attempted murder, a second-degree felony.

The men, all members of the street gang Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos, were also indicted on a count of engaging in organized criminal activity, a first degree felony.

Sam Eyre, an investigator at the Victoria County District Attorney's Office, credited the work of Victoria County District Attorney Steve Tyler, law enforcement, cooperating witnesses and his work as an investigator to get indictments in the case.

Their collaboration has also worked to bring another Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos case to trial.

Jury selection is expected to begin on Monday in the case against three men charged with the 2006 attempted murder of Paul Benavides.

Defendants Jeffrey Soto, 24; Robert Lindstrom, 24; and Joe Brian Martinez, 31, are all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony.

The defendants are accused of conspiring together and agreeing to commit the offense of attempted murder of Paul Benavides, Eyre said.

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