Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — Christina Jiron pleaded her way out of armed robbery charges, leaving her with relatively minor felony convictions on her record.
But when the time came for her to be sentenced on the remaining counts, the 25-year-old Monte Vista woman failed to appear in court — not once, but twice.
Twelfth Judicial District Judge Martin Gonzales was understanding the first time she missed her sentencing date.
Defense attorney Barbara Zollars told him that Jiron was in the emergency room with her newborn son, and the judge agreed not to sign an arrest warrant, provided that Zollars could give him proof of her client’s whereabouts.
He also approved Zollars’ request to continue Jiron’s sentencing to July 17. But when Jiron skipped that second court date with no explanation, the judge immediately issued a warrant for her arrest.
Jiron, who was out of custody on a $50,000 cash or surety bond, remains at large. She was scheduled to be sentenced for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Percocet) and first-degree criminal trespass of a motor vehicle.
However, she originally faced far more serious charges for her role in an alleged Oct. 31, 2012 robbery in Alamosa.
Police alleged that Jiron and her boyfriend, Linndon Gallegos, forced their way into an Eighth Street residence last Halloween, and ordered two women to the floor at gunpoint.
Authorities said the armed pair then demanded the occupants’ prescription drugs and cash, and later struck one of the two women in the back of her head with a handgun. They also reportedly took a cell phone, purse and a laptop computer from the residence.
Authorities apprehended the couple just over two weeks later, after they received a Crime Stoppers tip that Jiron and Gallegos were staying in Del Norte.
Prosecutors charged her with two counts each of aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery of a controlled substance, plus additional counts of first-degree burglary and felony theft. Linndon Gallegos was charged with identical felonies, as well as an additional count of misdemeanor theft.
But the district attorney’s office ultimately dismissed both cases — along with numerous other charges — in exchange for their pleas to unrelated charges in Rio Grande County.
Linndon Gallegos was present in court on the same day that his girlfriend failed to appear.
Judge Gonzales sentenced him to eight concurrent years in state prison for first-degree criminal trespass of a dwelling, burglary of a building and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance. He received credit for 240 days served, and he was ordered to pay more than $762 in restitution.
Anyone with information about Jiron’s whereabouts may contact San Luis Valley Crime Stoppers at 589-4111.