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Junell leaves bench to revive drug dealer from convulsions September 3, 2005 - mywesttexas.com
A 31 year-old drug dealer had a seizure, collapsed and went into convulsions during his U.S. District Court sentencing.
Joined by three officers, Judge Robert Junell rushed from the bench and used his cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training to revive Aaron Frank Loika, who was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital by emergency medical technicians.
"It was surreal," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Roque-Jackson Friday. "Judge Junell went to work on him with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agent Stephen Pe?a, Deputy U.S. Marshal George Butcher and Pre-trial Services Officer Terry Luck.
"I assume he had a seizure and swallowed his tongue. He was there to be sentenced, but we still felt sorry for the guy. He was talking before he left."
Junell had just started to read sentencing ranges when Loika collapsed about 2 p.m. Thursday. That procedure was of course postponed, but 10 other admitted crack cocaine conspirators did receive their federal prison terms. They included 34 year-old ringleader Adrian "Big Boo" Crook, who got 30 years.
Others pleading guilty were Ricardo Garcia "Trainer" Armendariz, 24, 14 years; Joseph Lemesa Green, 35, and Raymond Joel "Ray Ray" Duarte, 30, 10 years each; Clyde "Sky" Young, 52, 37 months; Fatima Fulani Green, 25, Donald Eugene Jeffery, 38, and Caishan "Giggles" Brooks, 36, 30 months each; and Tammy LaSondra Bradley, 33, 27 months.
Philonicus LaBelle Fobbs, Joseph Green's 22 year-old girlfriend, got six years probation and Angelina L. Lu?a, 30, Duarte's wife, five years probation.
Roque-Jackson said Lu?a worked for Alamosa PCS, an SBC sub-contractor, and tried to determine at Crook's request if he was being wiretapped. "She incorrectly told him there weren't any, so she didn't do a very good job," the prosecutor said.
"The way taps are done, a regular employee can't find out."
Dubbed the "Big Spring Alumni Club" because the conspiracy began at the federal prison in Big Spring, 10 more conspirators will be sentenced late this month and in October.
Culminating a years-long national investigation, two Balmorhea men got long prison terms after pleading guilty to selling more than 6,000 kilograms of cocaine. Arrested by Mexican federal police in 2001 and extradited last year, Hernaldo Beltran was sentenced to 35 years and his brother Jesus to 19 years, eight months.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Klassen said a kilogram is worth between $16,000 and $20,000, so the Beltrans and their brothers Raul and Rodolfo were responsible for at least $96 million in sales. Raul and Rodolfo had already been sentenced to 20 and 12 years.
The day's last case was against 53-year-old former ECISD substitute teacher Richard Dewain Westfall of Odessa, whose Internet nickname was "mistreather." Westfall's guilty plea drew a five-year, three-month term for child pornography possession and interstate transmittal of it.
"Child pornographers are the lowest of the low," U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of San Antonio said Friday. "Their despicable acts have a devastating effect on the most innocent and vulnerable of our society."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Roomberg of San Antonio, formerly of Midland, prosecuted the Beltrans, who were represented by Robert Harris of El Paso and Tom Morgan of Midland.
Westfall was prosecuted by Grant Sparks of the Texas Attorney General's Office and represented by Odessa lawyer Sid Lyle.