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Octavio Olivares, 33 years old, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon. He was also sentenced to 2 years in Texas State Jail for the offense of Evading Arrest Detention with a Vehicle. Judge Robert Cheshire sentenced the defendant after a two day trial.  The sentences will run concurrently.   

On September 20, 2009, the defendant and his family were at a gang gathering here in Victoria. The defendant felt like his wife had insulted another gang member by making a joke about him. In retaliation, the defendant cut his wife's face with a knife. The victim was told that she could not inform law enforcement about what happened because it would bring attention to the gang. The victim did as she was told and made up a story about being "jumped" by some females at a pay phone. She told this story to doctors at the hospital and to the Victoria Police Department. 

After returning from the hospital, the defendant beat the victim repeatedly while their children listened in an adjoining room. The victim testified that defendant attempted to re-open her wound by hitting her and tearing at her bandages. The victim's daughter testified that the defendant was beating her mother and she could hear her mother screaming and asking for help. However, this 13 year old child was afraid about what would happen to her if she helped her mother. The child testified that her mother was beaten by the defendant for the majority of the night. After the assault, the victim refused to cooperate with law enforcement for fear of retaliation as the defendant had repeatedly threatened her and her family. However, both the victim and the 13 year old child testified against the defendant during the trial. "These victims showed moral courage and faced their attacker in court, this prosecution would not be successful had they not had the will and fortitude to come forward," said Eli E. Garza.

On July 13, 2010, the defendant assaulted the victim again as she attempted to leave the defendant. The victim notified law enforcement about the prior aggravated assault and the defendant was investigated for both offenses by the Victoria Police Department and the Victoria County Sheriff's Office. The defendant was quickly arrested and the victim began to talk to investigators about the defendant's violent past. Testimony during the trial detailed that the defendant had recently been given the leadership position of the HPL here in Victoria after the arrest and conviction of Raul "Racing Bull" Gonzales. Raul Gonzales was prosecuted and sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity last year.  
 

"This investigation was a joint effort by Melissa Rendon of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and multiple officers of the Victoria Police Department," said Assistant District Attorney Eli E. Garza. "Law enforcement's hard work paid off and demonstrated that crimes such as these will be not be tolerated in Victoria County."

 

 Octavio Olivares

Octavio Olivares (Age 33)
Booking photo Victoria County Sheriff's Office