Losoya receives 50-year sentence in home invasion case

Losoya receives 50-year sentence in home invasion case
CrimeWatch
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 7:43am

A Brownsville man was sentenced today to 50 years in jail for his role in a home invasion early last year.

 

Judge Migdalia Lopez of the 197th state District Court sentenced Noe Losoya, 39, after reviewing a pre-sentence
investigation that included an extensive criminal history and previous time served in jail.

 

A jury found him guilty last month for Count 1 burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon and Count 2 theft of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.

 

Losoya was one of four individuals who forcefully gained entry to a Brownsville home on Jan. 12, 2012 terrorizing the
family with a baseball bat and knife as they ransacked their belongings. Several items were taken including the family’s
only vehicle.

 

The defense attorney argued at the sentencing that Losoya was intoxicated at the time of the home invasion and didn’t
recall his actions over a 48-hour period.

 

“We are pleased with the sentence, and it further demonstrates that home invasions warrant harsh repercussions,”
Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said. “These crimes go beyond victims having their belongings taken. A
life-threatening crime in your own home – where you should absolutely feel safe – forever takes an emotional toll.”

Losoya, along with a minor suspect, an unidentified suspect and Angel Flores, were able to gain entry into the home when
the family recognized the minor suspect as a neighborhood resident. During the half-hour ordeal, the family was warned
they would be executed if the police were contacted. The family waited two hours before calling police.

The Brownsville Police Department arrested Losoya just hours after the home invasion for public intoxication. He was
found walking in the same neighborhood with a gash on his head, which police discovered was a result of crashing the car
he took in the home invasion. Other items he took during the invasion were also found as he tried to discard them during
his arrest. BPD later was able to tie him to the home invasion.

Assistant District Attorneys Peter Gilman and Adela Kowalski-Garza prosecuted the case.

 

The defense submitted a notice of appeal for the conviction and sentence.

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