By RUDY HERNDON
Courier staff writer
DEL NORTE — Prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed the case against a woman accused of participating in an Alamosa robbery last Halloween, after she pleaded guilty to lesser charges in two unrelated matters.
Christina Jiron originally faced serious felony charges, including two counts each of aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery of a controlled substance and first-degree burglary, plus additional counts of felony and misdemeanor theft.
But those charges, along with an unrelated charge of misdemeanor theft, disappeared when she pleaded guilty to possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Percocet) and first-degree criminal trespass of a motor vehicle.
If 12th Judicial District Judge Martin Gonzales accepts her plea, the 24-year-old Monte Vista woman faces a potential combined sentence of at least two years in state prison. But that sentence could reach a maximum total of nine years under extraordinary circumstances.
The district attorney’s office is also seeking more than $627 in restitution for the victim in the criminal trespass case, which dates back to the June 2012 theft of a Monte Vista woman’s purse.
Four months after that incident, police allege that Jiron and her boyfriend, Lindon Gallegos, forced their way into an Eighth Street residence in Alamosa, and ordered the two occupants to the floor at gunpoint.
Authorities say 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.
Police apprehended the couple just over two weeks later, after they received a Crime Stoppers tip that Jiron and Gallegos were possibly staying in Del Norte.
The first tip failed to pan out, but when a Del Norte Police Department sergeant searched a residence in the 300 block of Oak Street, he found the couple hiding in the rear bedroom of a trailer.
Moments later, he saw Jiron place something behind a water heater in the room; police later identified the item as a container of Percocet pills.
Both defendants remain in custody at the Alamosa County Detention Center.
However, Jiron could be temporarily released from jail any day now.
She is pregnant with Gallegos’ child, and she told the court on Wednesday that she is due to give birth next Monday.
Jiron has already gone into premature labor multiple times, and attorneys for both sides agree that the detention center is not equipped or staffed to deal with Jiron’s pregnancy.
The situation put the district attorney’s office in an unusual position: It supports Jiron’s temporary release, as long as she remains subject to a pre-trial tracking program.
Twelfth Judicial District Judge Michael Gonzales previously rejected Jiron’s request for a temporary release. But in the wake of the plea deal, Judge Martin Gonzales ultimately agreed to modify her bond from cash or surety to personal recognizance.
However, Judge Martin Gonzales rejected Gallegos’ motion for a furlough or a temporary bond reduction, which would have allowed the defendant to be present when Jiron gives birth to their child.
“That’s just not in the cards, is it?” he said Wednesday.
Gallegos stands accused of the original charges that Jiron faced in connection with the alleged Alamosa robbery; several unrelated court matters are also pending.
Attorneys for both sides continue to work on the terms of a plea deal, and they hope to have an offer on the table by the next Rio Grande court date, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Christa Maestas.