Man gets 5 years for writing bad check
May 18, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.
Updated May 19, 2017 at 6 a.m.
A 40-year-old Refugio man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for cashing a bad check.
Manuel Zuleta was indicted in May 2015 after he failed to repay a bad check he had cashed at Tuttle's Grocery and Market in Woodsboro, said Tim Poynter, assistant district attorney.
As a part of his sentence, the jury ordered Zuleta to repay all of the $1,594 he received by cashing the check as well as a $2,000 fine.
"He was a given ample opportunity to return the money," Poynter said.
During the two-day trial, jurors heard testimony from victims and Refugio County Sheriff's Office deputies.
After missing two trial dates in 2016, Zuleta was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. Poynter said jurors likely considered those missed court dates during sentencing.
"The jury was totally unsympathetic to his story," he said.
Zuleta has also been convicted of a forgery in McLennan County and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Wilson County.
"We're very proud of this conviction, mostly because he was so difficult," Poynter said.