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Victoria man pleads guilty to foiled 2011 murder plot

By BY JESSICA PRIEST - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
Aug. 20, 2012 at 3:20 a.m.


A member of the Mexican Mafia "La Emme" pleaded guilty Friday to engaging in organized criminal activity.

Vicente Rosales, 38, of Victoria, may serve anywhere from two to 10 years in prison, but won't be eligible to be released on good behavior unless he denounces his gang membership, via cutting off correspondence with them or burning off gang tattoos, Victoria County Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said Monday.

Tyler said Rosales conspired during the summer of 2011 with at least six others to murder Felix Baladez. Their plan was foiled after someone tipped off the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and Victoria Police Department.

The group was found in the Bloomington area with a butcher knife, a straight razor, a pistol, two shovels and blankets to cover the body.

"So it looked like it'd be a less than friendly outing or picnic," Tyler said. "They also had dope to get high once they finished."

Rosales is the last in the group to plead guilty. Others listed on the indictment were Larry Joe Nunez, Gerardo Castro, Danubio Samayoa, Christopher Thomas Gomez and Melanie Leann DeLeon.

"(The officers) saved Felix's life, and they saved the taxpayers a fortune," Tyler said of how autopsy and investigations can be costly. "They were able to decimate local membership of the Mexican Mafia, and they should be justifiably proud."

A sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. Thursday before Judge Robert C. Cheshire.

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