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Second Halloween armed robbery case dismissed

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 19th, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — A district court judge last week dismissed the case against a Monte Vista man charged with aggravated robbery and other offenses, after the defendant pleaded guilty to unrelated charges in Rio Grande County.

Linndon Gallegos and his girlfriend, Christina Jiron, originally faced numerous felony counts tied to an alleged armed robbery last Halloween in Alamosa. But prosecutors agreed to drop both cases in full if the two defendants resolved other matters in Del Norte.

The 22-year-old Gallegos had three separate cases pending in Rio Grande County, where prosecutors charged him with a total of seven felonies, five misdemeanors and one petty offense.

But most of those charges disappeared, as well, when he pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespass of a dwelling, burglary of a building and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance. Prosecutors also dismissed a second Alamosa County case against him in its entirety, according to Deputy Public Defender Christopher Light.

Jiron, meanwhile, pleaded guilty in March to possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (Percocet) and first-degree criminal trespass of a motor vehicle; the 25-year-old woman is scheduled to be sentenced today.

The more serious charges against the couple were based on allegations that they forced their way into an Eighth Street residence last Halloween, and ordered two women 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 staying in Del Norte.

Both defendants were subsequently charged with two counts each of aggravated robbery and possession of a controlled substance, plus additional counts of first-degree burglary and felony theft; Gallegos faced an additional charge of misdemeanor theft.

In the separate Rio Grande County cases, prosecutors originally charged Gallegos with three felony counts of possession of a Schedule II-IV controlled substance.

Those charges, along with additional felony counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and trespass of an auto with intent to commit a crime, were ultimately dismissed under the terms of a plea deal.

Additional misdemeanor charges, including two counts of theft under $500, as well as theft by receiving under $500, violation of a protection order and petty possession of drug paraphernalia, also disappeared.

Gallegos is scheduled to be sentenced on the remaining Rio Grande County charges on July 17.

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