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Two Texas men handed 10-year prison sentences in drug deal gone wrong

March 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two Texas men handed 10-year prison sentences in drug deal gone wrong

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Two men will serve over ten years behind bars after they pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges in connection with a drug deal gone wrong in Edinburg, Texas.

Jesus Alberto Palacios, 34, and Carlos Eduardo Aguilar, 20, appeared before District Court Judge Mario Ramirez during their sentencing hearing.

Palacios was facing two counts of evading arrest and one count of attempted murder, while Aguilar faced one count of attempted murder, The Monitor reported.

Ramirez sentenced Palacios, who prosecutors allege was the driver in a drug deal gone awry that led to a shooting in September 2016, to 12 years in prison on the attempted murder charge, and gave him a 10-year sentence for evading arrest. His sentences will be served concurrently.

Carlos Eduardo Aguilar, 20.

Aguilar was sentenced to 17 years behind bars as the reported shooter in the altercation.

Both men had previously taken plea agreements on February 21st, choosing not to face trial; most likely because state prosecutors had surveillance video from the night of the shooting.

The prison sentences stem from a September 20th incident at a drive-thru in Donna, where police said a shootout took place after a drug deal went wrong.

On September 20, 2016, deputies responded to a shooting at JD’s Drive-Thru Store.

Prosecutors said Aguilar called the victim to set up a drug deal to buy an unknown amount of ecstasy in the parking lot.

However, surveillance footage from the business shows that Aguilar, Palacios, and a third man, Fermin Saucedo Dueñez, decided instead to rob the man of his drugs.

Jesus Alberto Palacios, 34.

Saucedo, 38, of Alamo, remains on the run.

Aguilar is seen on the footage pistol-whipping the victim, at which point his gun fires.

Seconds later, Aguilar is seen shooting the victim in the back.

The victim of the shooting initially claimed that multiple people had robbed him, but later authorities determined the shooting occurred as a result of a drug deal.

Palacios is seen on the video assaulting the victim briefly but did not shoot or carry a gun.

Aguilar was also wanted in two additional Texas counties in connection with crimes such as possessing a deadly weapon in Karnes County, which is situated between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, along with assault of a public servant and two counts of possessing a deadly weapon in Medina County.

Aguilar pleaded guilty back in 2013 to assaulting a public servant and served three years behind bars,

Palacios previously pleaded guilty to avoiding arrest and possessing marijuana, along with charges of federal illegal re-entry.

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