Tuesday morning, 09/10/19, the trial for 31-year-old Peter Candelaria began at the 118th District Court in Big Spring.
Candelaria had been arrested on December 28th, 2018 after he refused to stop for a traffic stop and initiated a vehicle pursuit where he attempted to evade Big Spring Police Officers. Candelaria later exited his vehicle and hid in a dumpster in the 400 block of Dallas, where he fired multiple rounds at officers once they had located him. A Howard County Sheriff’s Officer returned fire and struck Candelaria in the hand, but Candelaria still refused to exit the dumpster and comply with orders. After approximately 2 hours of negotiating, Candelaria exited the dumpster and was taken into custody. He was then immediately transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment and later transported by ambulance to a Midland hospital for further treatment.
Earlier today, 09/12/19, Candelaria was found guilty of Evading in a Vehicle, a 3rd Degree Felony and 6 counts of Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant, all Felony 1 Offenses.
He was sentenced to 25 years for Evading. On the Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant charges he was sentenced to (1) 60-year sentence, and (5) 40-year sentences. These sentences will run concurrently, so the maximum amount of time Candelaria will serve is 60 years. Parole is possible however he’ll have to serve at least 30 years before he is eligible.
When asked how he felt about the outcome of the case, District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson advised that he was pleased with the testimony and the evidence presented by the Officers of the Big Spring Police Department and the Deputies of the Howard County Sheriff's Department.