By LeaAnne Klentzman
Mayra Alejandra Zuniga was convicted on two counts of Burglary of a Habitation on June 22, 2012. The jury hearing her case deliberated for less than an hour before convicting the 24-year-old Houston woman for her part in several burglaries in Guy and Rosenberg in 2011, said Assistant District Attorney Lorretta Owen.
Zuniga was convicted because she drove two co-defendants to homes they burglarized. According to Owen, one of Zuniga’s co-defendants, Damgry Mateo agreed to a guilty plea in January of this year and was sentenced to five years in prison on three burglaries and 180 days in state jail for Evading Detention – which was all part of the same criminal event. Owen said the third co-defendant escaped the day of the arrest and has never been identified.
After Zuniga’s conviction, she was sentenced to two years in prison based on an agreement with prosecutors. “As the driver, Zuniga is an accomplice and just as guilty as the person who enters the home in a burglary,” said Owen.
Zuniga was tried in the 268th District Court before presiding Judge Brady Elliott. Burglary of a Habitation in this case is a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Zuniga was probation eligible.