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Marco Sauceda sits in the hallway of the Angelina County Courthouse on Wednesday morning as a six-person jury deliberates his guilt or innocence on the charge of evading arrest.  (Lufkin Daily News) Marco Sauceda sits in the hallway of the Angelina County Courthouse on Wednesday morning as a six-person jury deliberates his guilt or innocence on the charge of evading arrest. (Lufkin Daily News)  

Texas man convicted of resisting arrest after being mistaken for burglar in his own home

A Lufkin man convicted of resisting arrest in his own home after police mistook him for a burglar was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Marco Sauceda, 30, entered County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Derek Flournoy’s courtroom Wednesday morning wearing a tan button down shirt and navy dress slacks, but by the end of the day found himself in county orange.

Following a one-day trial and four-hour deliberation, a six-panel Angelina County jury concluded Sauceda was guilty of resisting arrest on March 15, 2009, while being pepper-sprayed, shot with a pepper ball gun and wrestled to the ground by nine Lufkin Police officers in his own living room, according to testimony.

Full story: Angelina County jury finds man guilty of evading arrest after being mistaken for burglar in his own home | Lufkin Daily News

  • violetcin

    Will someone please show this news to another judge who has the gumption to start the ball rolling and do something? Thank you pat man and vg for your valor and respectability. Oc be a moron elsewhere. Its called self control, you knre what you were posting, apology or not, think before you act dude!

    • virginiagentleman

      Violet, welcome to the conversation. Hopefully, the case outlined on this thread is under review since it appeared here on the DC. As most shocking items do when viewed on the internet, this story has gone viral and the pressure is on in Angelina County, Texas….As to your comment concerning OC, allow me to provide some background. First off, friend Violet, OC is not a ‘dude’. SHE is a decorated and honored member of the 82nd Airborne (Yes, she is a jumper) and before retirement from the ARMY, was a recruiter for a very special unit of American Warriors, The Green Berets. She refers to these fine young warriors, both Green Beret and Delta Force, as her ‘sons’! They in turn refer to her as ‘Mom’ and ‘Ma’! What you read was ‘Mom’ disaplining one of her ‘sons’. Why? That beats the heck out of me! Violet, when your ‘sons’ are such highly trained, dangerous, macho young men, ya gotta admit, taking a belt to them really doesn’t seem like a good plan! She speaks to them here as she always does and the message is usually the same as it is in person; ‘Mom to son, BEHAVE YOURSELF!’…The young man we refer to as ASES? His screen moniker,” VERDE ASESINO ” is based on his job as a Green Beret and Delta Force warrior and translates to ‘Green Assassin’. These young men ARE bad ‘dudes ‘ when they so choose to be, some of Americas very best! And Violet, my new friend, sometimes it TAKEs a ‘Mom’ to keep her rowdy ‘sons’ in line! These exceptional young men admire her, adore her, love her, and believe it or not, fear her wrath and displeasure!…Violet, whenever you see my moniker, please feel free to leave a comment or reply, or just to say hello, and thanks for the kind words!

    • Verde Asesino

      Oscar Kilo

  • Verde Asesino

    Where is Obama’s declaration that the Lufkin Police acted stupidly? The Judge takes this mans freedom as well as his predominate right to testify on his own behalf.Is this Iran or America?

    • virginiagentleman

      Insane, isn’t it! How this can happen in America is the question. Young warriors like you put your lives at risk and your sacrifice allows the rest of us the freedom and peace to enjoy our lives. However, it would appear that not every community got the constitutional message aimed at them. Remember when you raised your right hand and vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against ALL enemies foreign and domestic, even to the point of laying down your very life in its defence? Here is a prime example of a domestic enemy. The judge and the other Angelina officials took the same oath as you and I. To me, lad, it is a sacred oath and my own honor rests in keeping my oath. How a judge can break his oath, and destroy his own personal honor is filthy in the extreme! ASES, when you and your team deploy overseas on the nations business, you do so with a firm objective in mind. And I might add, you and your team carry it out with honor. You believe in what you do, and when the job is done, you look forward to returning home. The sacrifice you and others make, is not for some fool like this judge to carry out his own agenda against Hispanics or any other group of people. As I pointed out to Vanity, the fight is never over and never will be over! A man or woman has to believe in something more important than themselves. For many, it is God, for others, it is their constitutional oath. Some, and here is where we find the source of most problems, they believe in themselves only and see the world as nothing more then a means to prosper and will use whatever means nessessary to maintain wealth and power. The tango resides not just in the sand lands, but here at home as well. As for me, I believe in a much higher power then myself, God, and a cause much more noble then my insignificant life, the defence of the Constitution.

      • Verde Asesino

        At times I feel like I run in circles in this arduous job.I cannot hold a defeatist attitude even if I feel world weary.I agree Vman it’s the bigger agendas, constitution,oath,love of country and God that gives you strength to walk into the next round.Fellow comrades have become disillusioned,I respect the decisions they have made.The conflicts they battle with often are what the Hell am I fighting for? Why do I put my ass on the line for an ungrateful nation? I will remind many of them it’s not an ungrateful nation it’s the greatest nation.That is oc’s line but I swipe her advice all the time.My freedom of speech does have limitations attached,however after it’s all said and done there are many that have disliked the boss.
        It is Patriots like yourself that motivate.Oc has talked a few off the ledge from quitting and we have lost a few good guys.You can’t win every fight when it boils down to what is right for the life they ultimately desire.Seen the girl here?

        • Verde Asesino

          Off to forage cold beer and hot women.out

          • virginiagentleman

            Good mornimg. I hope that last nights mission was an outstanding success!…Throughout the history of the Armed Forces, we’ve had good bosses and bad ones, and I completely understand your feelings and those of your brothers-in-arms, as I’ve had them myself, both while in service and even now as a private citizen. I regret the loss of those who either can not or will not deal with the politics involved, and I too respect their decisions…The main point I’d like to make,ASES, is that no matter what the political climate is at any given time, the mission never changes for those who wear the uniform, and it will always be that way. Many recruits never make it out of boot camp, others wash out in the field or aboard ship. Remember your Airborne training? Green Beret training? Delta Force training?…At each stage, men washed out and not because they weren’t good men, but because they did not have the emotional or physical or spiritual strength to carry on. It takes only one of the 3 to defeat a man’s spirit…Still others make it through the most brutal and demanding training on earth, go on missions and appear to have every conceivable asset needed to be an elite warrior, and at some point, remove themselves from service, and sadly, some remove themselves from life…A common and all to frequent reason is that they begin to question themselves, what they are doing and why. What they are doing and why is the easiest question to answer, they swore an oath upon their sacred personal honor to defend the Constitution, not the flag, not the country, not the sitting government, not any tangable thing, but an intangable ideal! Of all the nations that have ever been, and of all the governments that have ever sat in the history of the world, only American Warriors pledge their allegence to a piece of parchment! Don’t you find that absolutely incredible?!! America without the Constitution would be just one more named piece of landmass like all the other nations in the world. It is solely the Constitution that make us a nation apart from all other nations…A man, a woman, a warrior, a politician, a public servant, MUST have something to believe in that is greater then themselves…A man in your profession is on the leading edge in America’s defence. Someone who has never served will never understand what you have seen, what you have done, and can’t possibly understand why you keep yourself ready at all times to again stand in harm’s way. A Warrior not only needs something greater then himself to believe in, but he also needs someone, many someones, to believe in him and what he must do in service to his country…ASES, I see you here posting for long periods of time, and then suddenly, you stop posting for a fair period of time…I can read between the lines and I realize you and your team are either training for a mission or are in fact out and about on the nations business…When I notice your absence from these pages, I pray for the safe return of you and your team…I believe in you, and the work you do…Your sacrifice and that of others like you ,just underscores my contempt for those who would take the oath to serve, whether as a politician, a judge our whatever and then proceed to betray that oath. One item that we are not born with is HONOR. Honor is something that each must acquire for themselves. In my world, a man or woman without honor, is an enemy to all that I hold dear.

          • Verde Asesino

            Right on Vman.It is not always the prey but the thrill of the hunt.Most women out there would not pass muster.Some are genuine but I wouldn’t take them home to Mom.Hard to find decent ladies.Talked to oc last night,told her we had talked.She said she had posted on here earlier in the afternoon.Hume & Sharpton.I got distracted yesterday and didn’t reply yet.Early formation today & some business.Thank’s for the words.Good man Vman.

          • virginiagentleman

            About that one gal you could take home to Mom? If you are looking for no more then a companion for an evening or a weekend, that is easily done, since it’s just a numbers game, if you don’t ask them,they can’t answer yes or no. If you want a woman to spend the rest of your day’s with, my advice is not to go looking for her. I believe that the Creator has already chosen a mate for you, just as he did for me. Maybe you’ve met her or maybe you have yet to meet her. Give it a bit more time and let HIM put it together for you. Getting laid is easy and in the long run more trouble then the few minutes of pleasure was worth, but a life spent with your soul mate is a blessing, every moment of every day? As mere mortal men, we can find women, but GOD is the one in the SOUL mate business! Just sayin’!

          • oc in nc

            I read the State Dept page,Hume comments,Sharpton comments and this page as per you request Ases.

            Hume & Sharpton comments, you get a pass.

            ASES you are a quidnunc prick.

            oc

          • Verde Asesino

            Mierda

          • oc in nc

            Ases;

            You gossip like a girl.

            Besa mi culo.(kiss my ass)I’ll save you the trouble of translation.

            oc

          • virginiagentleman

            After reading the exchange between OC and ASES, I must conclude that I am missing something,( like a important clue as to what in heck is that about)! So, I’ll just say,” hello my dear friends”, and split!

          • Verde Asesino

            White Flag

          • oc in nc

            Accede

          • oc in nc

            Hey VG,sorry you had to witness a childish spat.I did not even take the time to say hello back to you my dear friend.
            My vulgar temper should not be on display in a public forum such as this and it was uncalled for. Ases & Vg,I value our conversations and as I read over some of the topics you discussed in my absence I was flattered by the sweet comments both of you made.it was endearing.I admire both of you and hope my lapse of control will be forgiven. Lv 2 U Both.

            oc

          • virginiagentleman

            OC, it’s great to talk with you again. As for your spat with ASES, glad it’s over! All I can really say is that the lad admires you, and holds you in the highest esteem. He is a wonderfull example of a young man with a purpose in life and the sheer guts to lay his life on the line repeatedly, so that the rest of us can sleep peacefully in the night. Frankly, my dear, I admire the guy. He doesn’t share much in the way of information about you, himself, or anyone else for that matter, but what little he does share is almost always insightfull and humorous. He strikes me as a good and devoted friend, the kind of friend anyone would want. The good lord has richly blessed the both of you! ( And me as well,because I have the honor of calling both of you, friends, and pen pals!)

          • oc in nc

            Greetings to you.We can fight like siblings and make it right an hour later.Miss talking to you as well.I just checked out a comment I had made over on the Navy Silver Star story and he had been over there showboating & befriending all the vets.He has to keep his job on the low down and he knows that yet he likes the attention on this site.I see that he disclosed phobias,family stories and pried details out of you.You gave him wonderful much needed advice and he needs a father figure to look up to.Thank you for your kind words and patience. oc

          • virginiagentleman

            He is a fine young man, OC. I wish there were more like him. As for a father figure, I’m sure he has a father or father figure, so, I don’t know about all that, but when he wishes to talk about something that may be troubling him, or just wants to post his take on the article he is reading at the time, I’ll be there for him if he wishes, always, or at least until my last breath! I vividly remember what it was like for VietNam era servicemen and women returning home,and am determined that Ases and all of those serving, do NOT return to the ridicule and insults that we did. You know what the truely disgusting part of all this is, OC? Simply this, those who hurled the most invectives, insults are now governing the nation. As for me, I would rather have honorable men and women like you and Ases in office instead of the fools that inhabit most of government at present.

          • oc in nc

            Growing up in Berkeley Ca, I was in the thick of all of the anti-war protests.
            I recall going with my Grandfather down to a hardware store in downtown Oakland.As we drove by Oakland Army base buses of returning vets exited from the sentry gates and hundreds of hippieshits threw eggs,tomatoes rotten meat,fake?blood and spit on the buses.Horrified I asked my Grandfather what was going on and why were the people doing this? Tears welled in his eyes and after he composed himself he attempted to explain.Those are American heros in the buses coming back from serving our beloved country.I was maybe 10 and I got it.As I grew up and went to middle school,right on Telegraph Ave where People’s park and the riots took place we had lock downs and they issued gas masks to us for the tear gas.I never saw my Grandfather cry and I never forgot that day.He warned me years later that the very protesters would come out of UCBerkeley and become our mayors,teachers,politicians etc…I choke up thinking about it even now. oc

          • virginiagentleman

            OC, I don’t know what to say about what was surely a traumatic experience for you AND your grandfather! But I do know WHAT your response has been! Army vet, and, a recruiter of world class, world leading American Warriors!!!! It is clear to me that you believed what your grandpa said to you that day about the returning heros, and that the scum who reviled them would someday be leaders. Your early experience shaped you in such a way that you have done everything you possibly could do to nullify the advantage those scumsuckers had. Now the tide has turned and the left is in panic mode, just witness their shrill screaming voices, as they lose their foothold on the nations throat. If viewed in military terms, they are trying to marshal their forces to repell an assault by consitutitional forces, but now a majority of their fighters are fleeing the assault and seeking a place to hide. Soon, only the true hardliners will be left and they too, will suffer defeat or worse.

          • oc in nc

            VG & VA let’s move the discussion to another page.This one is going to expire.
            Maybe the ‘star’ one from earlier today???????????????

          • virginiagentleman

            OC, roger that.

          • Verde Asesino

            Oscar Kilo. They like me over there. They don’t dress me down and call me names oc.Be nice or Vman and I will ditch you.(hehe)

  • Greaseman

    Maybe English should be our official language but not in Tejas.

  • Greaseman

    George Will thinks this guy should be a legal resident: George Will, the famous conservative syndicated columnist, now advocates for the DREAM Act: http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/03/george-will-on-illegals-deportation-not-going-to-happen-dream-act-might-be-solution/

  • virginiagentleman

    From reading the linked Luftin County, Texas newspaper article, I have to admit to feeling contempt for the judge and jury in this fiasco. We have a 30 yr. old man with the intellect of a child, attacked by 9 police officers who also employed pepper spray to subdue this childlike man. The charge was for resisting arrest! He was hiding in his own bathroom! Lufkin, Texas can not be proud of it’s handling of this matter by either it’s police force or judge and jury. This story is not about a legal or illegal immigrant, rather, it’s about the idiotic Keystone Kops and Kangaroo Kourt, in what is an extreme overreaction by Lufkin County officials. Adding insult to injury, a jury of six citizens found this lad GUILTY! What a truely sad and disgusting display of justice as carried out by Lufkin officials. Is this the new face of justice in America? Shamefull, just plain shamefull.

    • ExPat ExLawyer

      It’s much easier to get a conviction with a jury of six rather than 12, and that rather than cost savings is why many states only have jurors of six in misdemeanor cases. My bet would be there would have been a holdout with a jury of 12. Still, the jury did ask for leniency from the judge. They probably meant no jail time, not 30 days in jail.

      To top it off, he punished the victim for exercising his constitutional right not to testify. This judge should be impeached.

      • virginiagentleman

        ExPat, Thanks for the reply ,and, I absolutely agree! This judge SHOULD be impeached. And yes, a mentally handicapped lad was sentenced by equally mentally handicapped jurors and judge, for exercising his constitutional rights. Law and justice no longer appear to be the same thing. Maybe the LAW was followed in this case, but there was no JUSTICE in the decision. At the risk of repeating myself, Is this the new face of justice in America?

        • BigRmv

          VG, I agree. If this guy was a friend of Obama’s (Henry Louis Gates, Jr), these officers would be expected to do a graceful mea culpa.

          This man–with the mind of a child–was in his own home when 9 people apparently stormed in. I like to think that I’m NOT mentally challenged and I would’ve resisted if 1) I’m in my own home, and, 2) there were no reasons for the police to be busting into my house, ergo, I would have had no reason to believe they were real police.

          Heck, even here in California where we’ve had our fair share of ‘fake’ police pulling people over while driving, they tell us if we don’t believe the person trying to pull us over is a cop, to call the police, relay the situation, and then drive to the nearest police station.

          The kicker here is that the only reason the judge gave him jail time is that he didn’t speak in his own defense. Aside from being his right NOT to, isn’t that decision really made by the defense attorney? Why not throw him in jail?

          • virginiagentleman

            BIG, you and I see this in the same manner. The lad WAS in his own home! And I’m sure the worst thing he might do is pick up someone elses newspaper. In this case, a neighbor noticed what appeared to be a ‘black man’ ( racism at play here?) attempting to enter the home and called the police. From there it went down hill for the lad….BIG, I’ve read many of your comments over time and feel quite certain you are not mentally handicapped!…One of the rights we have in Virginia is the right to defend our families, our homes and ourselves, by whatever means. You know my stand concerning the 2nd amendment, so I feel sure you know what my responce to any unannounced person or persons would be. And should my doors suddenly splinter and crash open, I can absolutely assure you that bullets would already be flying downrange towards any intruder. I’m an open man and invite folks into my home to share a conversation, a meal, or just to get out of the weather. Intruders are automaticly enemies in my book and will be treated as such. If an officer of the law has a legal reason to show up on my farm and the legal documents to back his visit up, then there isn’t a problem. As you pointed out, that young man was CONVICTED because he didn’t speak in his own behalf. His constitutional rights were trampled on in a most disgusting manner by the judge. Yes, that judge should be the one in jail AND impeached! BIG, if we don’t look out for our own rights and freedoms as stated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then it is just a matter of time before what happened to that young man WILL happen to the rest of us, and Liberty will be no more then a memory, a lost ideal, a vanished dream.

    • Tailor.in.stitches

      Here! This will also raise your blood pressure:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kassP7zI0qc&feature=player_embedded

      EXTREME language warning.

      This is a cop in Ohio pulling over a man in who has a CCW license. In Ohio, CCW holders are legally required to notify police officers that they are carrying. The man tries to tell the cop repeatedly, but the cop won’t let him speak.

      • virginiagentleman

        You are right yet again, friend Tailor! That does raise my blood pressure. That was Gestapo, not police! This behavior is symtomatic in far to many cities and towns in America. Hopefully, this abusive officer loses his job and maybe HIS freedom for a while. He doesn’t exibit the temperment required to hold such an important job. His actions show him to be a danger to the populace rather then a protecter. Threatening to use his glock 40 and execute a citizen, is pretty damn scarey language for a cop to be using! The article we are reading here and this video you found are more reason to remain on high alert when dealing with police and county officials! It would appear that those who are supposed to protect and serve us, instead look upon us as nothing more then low life pond scum and an impediment to their careers and duties! They rule, and we must knuckle under to them if we don’t wish to be mistreated! That seems to be their worldview. As for me, I’ll fight against this type of OFFICIAL abuse to my last dollar,last breath, last heartbeat!

      • Verde Asesino

        Under the current directives I could not treat a terrorist in this manner.The video should be grounds for this officers dismissal. He is attempting to transfer guilt to a victim to justify his failure to follow proper procedure.

    • Vanity357

      Unfortunately, I reside in Lufkin. Born and raised. Sadly, this is typical of the justice system in Angelina County. About 8 to 10 years ago, the local news station caught the police beating another Hispanic man. They charged the man with resisting arrest and sentenced him to prison. In the video, the man is just standing there when the beating begins. Such is life in this town. Up until a few years ago, our city was still under a federal desegregation order due to the rampant discrimination against minorities in the schools. I have stayed here because my daughter wanted to graduate with her friends. Luckily for me, this is her senior year.

      • virginiagentleman

        Vanity, I know it must be a difficult decision to contemplate leaving the town you were born and raised in and I don’t envy you having to make that choice. Let me say to you that in MY opinion, a person’s race is unimportant since we are all God’s children. Frankly speaking, race is only important to a racist. While I am sure there are many fine people in Angelina County, it takes just a few bad people in posistions of power to make life less then comfortable for the rest of the citizens. Maybe you have read about the foolishness in Quartzsite, Az.? What is happening in your area is happening in quite a few other areas around the nation. Lately, the internet news sources like the Daily Caller are shining a spotlight on these communities and the truth comes out. Your personal choices are somewhat limited. You can stay. You can relocate. The most important choice would be to turn those who rule rather than serve the community out of office. Do you know other citizens who feel the way you do, and do they know others in turn who feel the same? It is a hard choice to make and is not without risk, but are there enough of you to take back your community? Violence is never the answer. The voting booth, the court house, the state legislature are the best bets, always. Most importantly, Vanity, ALL ethnic groups MUST be involved, not just one. The principle I’m talking about is called UNITY, not division. Division is the reason things are so out of balance in your home town and county. Often in life we must make the same choice the founding fathers made; they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. The main problem with the exercise of freedom and liberty is that the fight to keep them never ends. When we as a people quit fighting to retain our constitutional rights, we soon lose them. It’s possible that Angelina County is the wrong battleground for you. Only you and those who feel as you do can answer that question, my friend. Regardless of where you go in America or in the world for that matter, you will always find bitter, small minded people and racism. Unfortunatly, they will be around until the end of days. As for me Vanity, 44 years ago, I made the choice to fight them when I took the oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Please remember this, WHATEVER choice YOU make will be the right one for you and yours.

  • mrchapxperience

    It must be “Beer Summit” time.

    ~Chap
    http://www.insaneasylumblog.com

  • Jess81

    He’s a grown man who lives in a US state. How is it he doesn’t speak even rudimentary English if he’s a citizen? If he’s an immigrant, how come we’re admitting an unskilled, uneducated man and denying immigration status to PhD’s from Switzerland?

    Someone please explain how this is possible.

    • ExPat ExLawyer

      Probably because he’s mentally handicapped. What’s your excuse for your off-topic comment?