Juan Diego Selvera Martinez, a Kingsville native originally charged with the intoxicated manslaughter of Texas A&M University-Kingsville student Jaqueline Olivares in October 2014, is set to be released in six months following a motion for early release.
Martinez, 23, appeared before Kleberg County Judge Jack Pulcher as his attorneys filed for a motion of shock probation, a sentencing strategy offered to young or first time offenders in hopes of introducing said offenders to the long-term realities career criminals may face by letting them experience a short-term visit to prison.
Originally sentenced to 10 years in prison for congruent charges of intoxication manslaughter, as well as accident involving personal injury or death, Martinez will now serve a 180-day sentence in Kleberg County Jail before his probation is set to begin.
Upon his release, Martinez will be relocated to Hidalgo County, where his zero tolerance probation will be in full effect for the next 10 years. In accordance to the terms of his probation, Martinez will be forced to complete a drug evaluation, take a DWI education course, complete a drug use and moral recognition therapy course, as well as complete an assigned 240 hours of community service.
Included in the terms of his probation, Martinez is expected to be able to maintain a full-time job or full-time college student status, and is required to have a breathalyzer installed in his personal vehicle, making sure that no alcohol has been consumed before driving.
When inquired by Judge Pulcher whether he believes he will be able to succeed in abiding by the terms of his probation, Martinez responded in a shaky voice, “I’d rather do that and be with my family than being in [prison.]”
Kleberg and Kenedy Counties District Attorney John Hubert said he vehemently is against the defense’s motion, as is Olivares’ mother. “She adamantly said she doesn’t want him out,” said Hubert.
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