Arevalo pleads guilty in home invasion case
Alfonso Arevalo of Sweetwater pled guilty to three counts during 32nd Judicial District Court proceedings on Monday.Arevalo pled guilty to theft under $1,500, enhanced to a state jail felony with two prior theft convictions, both in the Nolan County Court at Law. On April 16, 2012, Arevalo took Budweiser beer from Brenda Roman. For that plea, Arevalo received a sentence of 18 months confinement in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was also ordered to pay $343 in court costs and $27 in restitution to Skinny's in Sweetwater.Arevalo also pled guilty to credit card abuse, a state jail felony. Arevalo fraudulently obtained a benefit from an Enterprise fuel card that was not issued to him in his name and did not have the effective consent of the owner to use the card. For that plea, Arevalo received 18 months confinement in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was also ordered to pay $343 in court costs, $500 in attorney's fees and $752.24 in restitution to Mercer Well Service in Sweetwater. According to his attorney, the restitution cost would also cover several other cases not being pursued.Arevalo's final guilty plea was for burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. In earlier reports, Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda stated that at approximately 10:40 p.m. on Jan. 10, the Sweetwater Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at the 1700 block of Pease. While en route to the location, officers received a call from Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital stating that an individual in the Emergency Room had been shot.Upon arrival at the hospital, officers made contact with the homeowner on Pease Street, and it was determined that he and his wife were the victims of home invasion.The victim stated that the suspect kicked open the back door to the residence — shattering the door frame — and began demanding cash from the homeowners. During the course of the demands, the suspect continuously threatened to kill one of the homeowners. The homeowner was able to produce a hand gun, as the suspect made multiple attempts to charge at the homeowners.According to police, the homeowner — fearing for his safety and the safety of his wife — fired a shot, striking the suspect's abdominal region. The suspect retreated from the residence and was transported to the hospital by another individual.The suspect received care at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and was then flown by Native Air to Shannon Hospital in San Angelo.The suspect was later identified as Arevalo. Arevalo was sentenced to 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will also have to pay a $3,000 fine, $593 in court costs $500 in attorney's fees and $14 in restitution to Gene Ausburne of Sweetwater. He will serve his three sentences concurrently and will receive 82 days credit towards his sentence for time already served in jail.After his sentencing, Judge Glen Harrison read a victim's impact statement from Gene and Annie Ausburne."We don't understand why you did this. We befriended you, gave you water and let you work for us. Our lives have changed in so many ways because of what you did. Annie is under so much stress. She fell and broke her hip because she was so anxious and stressed. We have lost trust in people. We worry about strangers and strange vehicles and different noises. We have lived in our home since 1972 and have never been afraid there. Now we barricade the doors and the windows can't be raised from the outside. We will always remember that night. We both feel like our ongoing stress from all this has affected our health. We will never forget you or all of the awful, disturbing things you said and did to us."After the Ausburnes' statement, Arevalo apologized to them. "I want to apologize for all my doings. I accept responsibility for what I did. I did not just hurt them, but I also hurt my family, but it is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life. If they don't accept my apology, I will have to live with it."