LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two Lufkin men each accepted a plea bargain deal of two years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Friday for brutally beating a man, knocking him unconscious, and leaving him by the side of B.W. Horton Road in September of 2016.
At the time, the two men were armed with a gun and a knife.
Perfecto Max Gonzalez, 21, and Abram Quiroz, 22, both appeared with their defense attorneys in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court Friday morning. As part of the plea deal, each man pleaded guilty to second-degree felony aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
Gonzalez and Quiroz will also each be required to pay $251 in court costs, according to the texts of their judgments.
"Two of my prosecutors had each originally represented both Quiroz and Gonzalez," said Angelina County District Attorney Joe Martin. "Therefore, I recused our office from prosecution of the cases. They were prosecuted by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, one of the premier offices in the state."
Martin added that he has the utmost confidence in the way the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office handled the case.
Gonzales and Quiroz were both indicted back in December of 2016. When they were arrested in September of 2016, they were each charged with on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
Gonzalez was also charged with parole violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Quiroz was also charged with a felony judgment for possession of a controlled substance and a capias pro fine failure to appear warrant for unlawfully carrying a weapon.
According to the arrest affidavit, an ACSO detective was dispatched out to the emergency room of CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Hospital on Sept. 15, 2016, to talk to an assault victim. The victim told the ACSO detective that he had been assaulted by two men he identified as "Guero" earlier that day. The two men were later identified as Gonzalez and Quiroz.
On the morning of Sept. 15, 2016, the alleged victim, Quiroz, Gonzalez, and two other people got into a black Ford Mustang and left the Sun-N-Pines motel, the affidavit stated. They went to the victim's parents' house in the 4200 block of FM 844 in Huntington.
The four people got out of the car, and the alleged victim showed them two cars parked by his parents' house and told them that they were for sale, the affidavit stated.
"For an unknown reason, Gonzalez and Quiroz became extremely upset at [the victim] and demanded he get back into their car with them," the affidavit stated. "They all entered the car and left."
Gonzalez drove them down B.W. Horton Road, and after he stopped, he told the victim to get out of the car, the affidavit stated. Gonzalez was allegedly holding a gun, and Quiroz allegedly had a fixed-blade knife.
According to the affidavit, Gonzalez and Quiroz then began assaulting the victim by punching him in the face. He told the ACSO detective that he was knocked unconscious at one point, and he woke up to the two men continuing the assault, the affidavit stated.
The two men allegedly left the victim on the side of the road and drove off after the assault.