Third shootout suspect gets three years in prisonPublished 10:17am Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The final assailant in a December 2012 shootout in Austin was sentenced last week in Mower County Court and will serve prison time.
Officers went to the 700 block of 11th Street Northeast at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 after a call about gunshots. Police also received a call at 4:45 p.m. from Reynaldo Veraza, 36, who said he was shot in the chest. He was later treated and was OK.
Reynaldo and his brother, Raymundo Veraza, 35, originally told police another man was the aggressor and shot out the back window of Reynaldo’s SUV after a fight in the street.
However, Molina said the Verazas were the aggressors, according to the court complaint. He said the Verazas drove separate vehicles by his house and parked across the street. Molina claimed Raymundo drew a gun, so Molina yelled to his friend in the street before running behind a house. Molina and that man reported hearing gunshots. According to the court complaint, Molina admitted to grabbing a .22-caliber rifle and returning fire, which struck Reynaldo’s SUV and hit Reynaldo in the chest.
Detectives found .22-caliber and 9 mm shell casings at the scene. According to the court complaint, gunfire from Raymundo went through Molina’s house and lodged into a neighbor’s house, too.
A witness nearby also saw men standing by the SUVs and arguing before one raised his arm and fired shots. The witness said someone returned fire from near the house, as well.
Reynaldo previously received a stayed prison sentence for five years’ supervised probation and a $1,000 fine in the case. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. He was convicted of second-degree riot with a dangerous weapon. And Raymundo was previously sentenced to five years in prison. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, both felonies. He must also pay $420 in restitution.