Mungia pleaded no contest; receives two years deferred adjudication

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A 31-year-old Alice man who was scheduled to stand trial Monday to face charges of aggravated assault, changed his plea at the last moment in an agreement reached with the district attorney.

Solomon Mungia was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an attack that allegedly occurred at the Plaza movie theater on July 16, 2005.

According to Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department reports, deputies were called to the scene shortly after 1 p.m. in response to a fight in progress.

Witnesses at the scene said the fight began when Mungia cut in line in front of several individuals and then began arguing with them. Mungia then allegedly struck one of the individuals in the head repeatedly with a set of brass knuckles.

Mungia initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was scheduled to stand trial before a jury Monday morning.

That jury was released, however, when Mungia changed his plea to no contest in an agreement reached with the district attorney.

According to court documents, under the terms of that agreement Mungia received two years deferred adjudication community supervision in exchange for his plea of no contest.

Mungia will also be required to undergo drug counseling, to complete 240 hours of community service and to pay court costs of $306.25.