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November 3rd, 2009
San Marcos coke dealer gets 30-year sentence


A San Marcos man with a litany of felony convictions was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week for dealing cocaine.

As part of an agreement with prosecutors, James Christopher Miranda, 28, pled guilty to charges of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute and was sentenced by District Judge Charles Ramsay. He also pled guilty to family violence assault and was sentenced to 15 years. Also this week, Ramsay sentenced Miranda to 20 years for a unlawful possession of a firearm charge of which he was convicted by a jury in August.

The sentences will run concurrently, First Assistant Hays County District Attorney Fred Weber said.

Authorities said Miranda was an associate of Oscar Lopez, 56, who was sentenced in August to 80 years for drug charges. One of Miranda’s convictions for a drug deal he made with Lopez, Weber said.

Miranda’s convictions carried enhanced setences due to his prior convictions for escape for custody, injury to a child and family violence assault.

According to court records, Miranda’s legal troubles as an adult started with criminal mischief and truancy charges in 1998 and 1999 for which probation sentences were revoked when he got caught up in weapons charges in 2000.

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