By ANDY SEVILLA
A San Marcos man convicted on five counts of aggravated sexual assault is on the run and now faces additional felony charges, after escaping court during a lunch break on the second day of his trial.
Pedro Javier Quintero, 22, was out on bail and faces charges of bail jumping and failure to appear, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000, according to a Caldwell County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On Dec. 6, a Caldwell County jury convicted Quintero on five counts of aggravated sexual assault, with a sentence of 48 years in jail.
Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony that carries a jail sentence of five to 99 years, or life in prison.
Quintero had been indicted on the five charges of aggravated sexual assault for an attack on a 15-year-old girl in Maxwell on April 5, 2009, according to the release. Four other individuals were indicted in the incident.
Two of the defendants, Angel Miranda and Everett Rainey, have been convicted in this case. The two remaining defendants, Johnny Lozano III and Joshua Jackson, are scheduled for trial in 2013, stated the release.
According to Hays County jail records, Quintero has been arrested at least nine times for charges, including felony robbery, forgery and public intoxication.