Suspect in shooting has lengthy criminal record

EDINBURG — A 37-year-old man with a criminal history that spans two decades in Hidalgo County will face a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted in a shooting case related to a failed plot to abduct undocumented immigrants.

On Thursday morning, Jesus Javier Solis pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, deadly conduct and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Solis is charged with six others in the case following a May 31 shooting that left a man with non-life threatening injuries to his right arm and the left side of his face.

That man was sitting inside a truck with another man on the corner of Maya Drive and Minnesota Road in the Lopezville area when someone approached and began shooting at them, according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

The men later crashed near Canton and Raul Longoria roads in Edinburg after people in two vehicles chased them.

Solis, along with the other suspects, are accused in the indictment of “going to a location to obtain possession or abduct smuggled persons, shooting at individuals in a motor vehicle occupied by smuggled persons, and/or following a motor vehicle occupied by smuggled persons.”

Solis, however, is facing a potentially longer term in prison if he’s convicted or pleads guilty because of his prior history, which dates back to 1999.

Court records show that since then, Solis has been convicted in 22 cases that include assaults, robberies, drug possession, assault with deadly weapons, assault against a public servant, theft and attempt to commit murder.

He faces a minimum of 25 years to life on each of the four counts levied against him in the indictment.

The remaining suspects, who face the same charges, include 22-year-old Jose Reducindo Anaya III, 32-year-old Yamil Garza Villarreal, 25-year-old Francisco Gilberto Garcia Mayor, 24-year-old Victor Alejandro Ramirez, 28-year-old Jesus Martinez and 29-year-old Jose Mario Cardenas.

mreagan@themonitor.com