As the jury waited to hear opening statements in the trial of Valdo Rey Gunn in district court Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to multiple charges instead.
He had pending charges against him and received four 10-year sentences, which will run concurrently.
Over the last two years, Gunn has been arrested on a number of occasions by local law enforcement for his role in vehicle and habitation burglaries. Gunn faced trial Wednesday for engaging in organized criminal activity for a string of vehicle burglaries he participated in on March 18, 2008. He was indicted for conspiring with alleged collaborators Rolando Garza Jr. and Rolando Rene Gonzalez in a series of five vehicle burglaries, which occurred in less than 24 hours time.
At the time of Gunnís arrest, Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno described Gunn and the other suspects as individuals who continually victimize the community.
Everything from knives, to CDs, digital cameras and cell phones were collected from Gunn and the other participants following their arrests, the police report stated.
Gunn pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity, as well as a charge of burglary of a habitation that occurred on Dec. 11, 2008, a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon from an incident on Jan. 1, 2009 and a second burglary of a habitation charge from Dec. 26, 2008.
On each guilty plea, Gunn will have to pay $291 in court costs. He was credited with 382 days of time served, which will go toward his 10-year sentence.
The jury was released following Gunnís plea, and the defendant began his sentence on Wednesday.