LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Whitney Grunder - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A judge sentenced a Lufkin woman who pleaded guilty to robbing a person at a Whataburger drive-through to a four-year prison sentence.
In a sentencing hearing, Leanne Luna's attorney, Bill Agnew, explained how "excruciating" the case had been to the Luna family. Her brother, Joel, who worked with her in the robbery, was scheduled for his own sentencing at the same time, but did not show up for the hearing. District Judge Barry Bryan issued a warrant for his arrest.
"This was a one-time mistake," Leanne Luna said on the stand. "I've lost my kids. I've learned my lesson."
Luna, who is six months pregnant, pleaded guilty to the crime in February without a plea bargain.
Her mother, Eva, said on the stand that Leanne Luna may have cervical cancer, and hoped Bryan would not send her to prison.
"She's gone through a divorce," Eva Luna said. "She's lost her job. We've all gone through a lot of depression. It's been hard on all of us."
Bryan also sentenced her to a two-year state jail sentence, which she can serve concurrently in prison.
According to a previous report, the siblings and two others robbed a person in the drive-through in Aug. 2008, using a pellet gun. When police caught up to them, Leanne Luna was found to be in possession of cocaine.