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Probation revoked, Mexican Mafia member sentenced to prison

By FROM A NEWS RELEASE
March 31, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2011 at 10:31 p.m.


A member of the Mexican Mafia is back behind bars in Cuero.

Craig Rosales, 32, of Yoakum, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for violating his probation by living in an unapproved home, according to a news release from District Attorney Mike Sheppard's office.

District Judge Skipper Koetter found Rosales, who was on probation for having sex with a 16-year-old girl, violated his probation by failing to register his new address with the Yoakum Police Department, according to the release.

Sex offenders are required by law to register their address with their local police.

"Yoakum has had a problem with Mexican Mafia members thinking they run that town," Sheppard said. "This sentence sends a message that gang members are not above the law. We don't care what gang they belong to. If they commit a felony, they'll be sent to prison where they can't hurt law-abiding people."

Sheppard praised the work of the Yoakum Police Department in establishing that Rosales was living at an address other than his registered address.

Assistant district attorneys Ray Hardy Jr. and Terry Breen prosecuted the case. Willy Van Buren, of Houston, defended Rosales, according to the release.

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