A 29-year-old Palestine man has been indicted by an Anderson County grand jury on an aggravated robbery charge stemming from a May 2003 incident.

Steven M. Ester Jr., 29, of Palestine was indicted last month on the first-degree felony offense of aggravated robbery, according to court records.

Authorities allege Ester used an unknown object to severely beat a male subject in the parking lot of the Whispering Pines Apartments at 1010 Sugar Ln. at 11:10 p.m. on May 10, 2003 and then stole the man’s car keys.

If convicted, Ester could face between 15-to-99 years or life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, according to Allyson Mitchell, Anderson County assistant district attorney.

The minimum sentence for a first-degree felony is typically five years, but Ester’s “floor” on the charge is 15 years due to previous convictions, according to Mitchell.

“The victim was beaten up pretty bad,” Mitchell said. “He had visible injuries to his face and head...and his left eye was completely swollen shut.”

A witness reported that “bottles” and “wrenches” were used in the commission of the offense, in addition to the victim being kicked, the assistant district attorney added.

“During the assault, they stole his car keys,” said Mitchell, explaining the aggravated robbery charge.

Other indictments handed down last month included:

Burglary of a Building

Osman Acosta, 18, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Oct. 14, 2005.

Rodolfo Carreno, 22, Palestine, date of alleged offense, June 22, 2005.

Ricky Arriaga, 18, Palestine, date of alleged offense, June 22, 2005.

Adrion Perez, 30, Palestine, date of alleged offense, June 5, 2005.

Jeronimo Alvarado, age and hometown unavailable, date of alleged offense, June 5, 2005.

Prohibited Substance in a

Correctional Facility

Floyd Wiley, 35, TDCJ’s Beto Unit, date of alleged offense, Dec. 4, 2004.

Henry Walker, 39, TDCJ’s Beto Unit, date of alleged offense, Nov. 24, 2004.

Jason Morales, 30, TDCJ’s Coffield Unit, date of alleged offense, June 13, 2005.

Christy Caldwell, 36, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan, 9, 2005.

Kenneth Hodge, 32, Longview, date of alleged offense, July 23, 2005.

Improper Sexual Activity

with Person in Custody

Stacy Hale, 29, Jacksonville, date of alleged offense, Nov. 1, 2004.

Hindering Secured Creditor

$1,500-to-$20,000

Tiroyn Pinson, 32, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 23, 2005.

Insurance Fraud

$1,500-to-$20,000

Tiroyn Pinson, 32, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 23, 2005.

Unauthorized Use

of a Vehicle

Tiroyn Pinson, 32, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 23, 2005.

Adrion Perez, 30, Palestine, date of alleged offense, June 5, 2005.

Jeronimo Alvarado, age and hometown unavailable, date of alleged offense, June 5, 2005.

Driving While Intoxicated

- 3rd or More

Brandon Riley, 20, Whitehouse, date of alleged offense, June 27, 2005.

Martin Torres, 41, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 28, 2005.

Theft Less Than $1,500

- Enhanced

Althena Johnson, 30, Tyler, date of alleged offense, June 17, 2005.

Forgery of a Financial

Instrument

Larry George Jr., 40, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Aug. 14, 2005.

Burglary of a Habitation

Larry George Jr., 40, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Aug. 30, 2005.

Larry George Jr., 40, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Sept. 1, 2005.

James Michael Lawson, 18, Elkhart, date of alleged offense, July 10, 2005.

Fraudulent Possession

of Controlled Substance

Nina Barnett, 32, Buffalo, date of alleged offense, June 11, 2005.

Possession of a Controlled

Substance Less Than 1 Gram

Jerry Bennett, 25, Elkhart, date of alleged offense, Dec. 3, 2004.

Norman Huchingson, 49, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 7, 2004.

Norman Huchingson, 49, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 29, 2004.

Cathy Ware, 48, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 19, 2004.

James Crawford, 52, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 29, 2004.

Brian Tool, 27, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 11, 2005.

L.C. Ward, 49, Rusk, date of alleged offense, Jan. 18, 2005.

John Oliver Smith, 39, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Jan. 21, 2005.

Crystal Ferguson, 30, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 2, 2005.

Sandra Jackson, 31, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 3, 2005.

Possession of a Controlled

Substance 4-to-200 Grams

Thomas Bush, 35, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 18, 2004.

Sandra Jackson, 31, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 3, 2005.

Possession of a Controlled

Substance 28-to-200 Grams

Lynett Dixon, 49, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 13, 2004.

Tamper/Fabricate Physical

Evidence with Intent to Impair

Sandra Jackson, 31, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Feb. 3, 2005.

Deadly Conduct/Discharge

Firearm

Johnny Young, 83, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Dec. 7, 2004.

Endangering a Child

(Two Counts)

Aggravated Assault

with a Deadly Weapon

Thelma Banuelos, 24, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Oct. 23, 2005.

Aggravated Sexual

Assault of a Child

Indecency with a Child

Sexual Contact (2 Counts)

Damon T. Wilson, 31, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Sept. 6, 2004.

Aggravated Assault

of a Public Servant

Raymond Torres Jr., 30, Palestine, date of alleged offense, July 24, 2005 (reindictment).

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