A Big Spring man sentenced to 60 years in prison for his part in the June 2010 home invasion of a local family submitted his case for appeal to the state's 11th District Court of Appeals last week.
Felix Lee Jaramillo, 33, was found guilty of aggravated robbery and assessed 60 years in a state prison and a $10,000 fine following the one-day trial in 118th District Court n September 2010.
Former District Judge Robert H. Moore III heard the case, which was prosecuted by District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson. Jaramillo was represented by former local attorney and current District Judge Tim Yeats.
According to officials with the 11th District Court of Appeals, the Big Spring man began the appellate process shortly after his Sept. 29, 2010, sentencing. The appeal was submitted on briefs Oct. 4, more than two years after Jaramillo's conviction.
According to police reports, numerous suspects — witnesses stated there were between five and seven suspects involved — stormed the home of a Big Spring family living in the 600 block of State Street, kicking in the side and front doors of the house shortly before midnight.
The suspects were armed with handguns, according to police reports, while one suspect was armed with a shotgun. All were wearing bandanas or masks to conceal their identities.
“The suspects demanded money, and holding the family at gunpoint, ransacked the house,” Big Spring Police Department Public Information Officer Tony Everett said, following Jaramillo's arrest in late June 2010. “The suspects threatened the adults, and pointed their weapons at the couple's children, who are two and three years old. One suspect pistol whipped the male victim in the head while his children were present.”
No life threatening injuries were sustained during the attack, according to police records.
Everett said moments after the suspects fled the victim's home police officers noticed a vehicle driving without its headlights on. Once the vehicle was pulled over, several suspects exited the car, fleeing on foot.
Jaramillo and a 16-year-old juvenile suspect were taken into custody moments later. According to police officials, items stolen during the invasion were recovered from the vehicle. Both were charged with aggravated robbery.
Jaramillo wasn't the only defendant to receive a stiff sentence for his part in the home invasion, as Clifford Leon Anglin, 26, was also found guilty of a charge of aggravated robbery. Anglin also received a 60-year sentence.
Anglin is also appealing his sentence, having had his request for an extension to file an appeal granted by the 11th District Court of Appeals in April, including a request for a new trial.
A third suspect in the case was also convicted in 118th District Court, as Phillip G. Martinez, 23, also of Big Spring, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 2, 2011, and sentenced to 14 years in a TDCJ facility.