79th Judicial District Attorney - Serving Jim Wells & Brooks Counties
Team Biographies
Our people are among the most talented and experienced in the criminal justice field. It is our pleasure to put our extensive experience to serve Jim Wells and Brooks Counties.
 
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
 
Carlos Omar Garcia,                                      79th Judicial District Attorney
Carlos Omar Garcia, 79th Judicial District Attorney
Carlos Garcia was sworn in as your District Attorney on January 1, 2013. Carlos has been an attorney since 1995, and has been a prosecutor since 1997. Carlos has worked as a felony prosecutor for over 20 years- 15 and 1/2 of those years as an Asst. District Attorney under two elected District Attorneys in two jurisdictions and has also worked with three elected County Attorneys. For additional information on your District Attorney, please go to his individual page on this website.
 
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
 
Leroy L. Persohn, IV, First Asst. District Attorney
Leroy L. Persohn, IV, First Asst. District Attorney
Lee Persohn has been a felony prosecutor for over 20 years. He has worked in two different jurisdictions under five different District Attorneys. During his time as a prosecutor, he has handled a wide variety of cases including murders, sexual assaults, domestic violence, robberies, child abuse cases, asset forfeiture, thefts, burglaries and DWIs. Lee has experience from intake through appeal.
 
Margie S. Flores, Assistant District Attorney
Margie S. Flores, Assistant District Attorney
Margie has served the public as an Assistant District Attorney (1994-1997) for the 105th Judicial District, Assistant Nueces County Attorney (1998-2000), and as a Municipal Judge for the City of Corpus Christi (2000-2015) where she was the Presiding Municipal Court Judge between 2010-2015. Margie's caseload includes domestic violence and child abuse cases. Margie works closely with Women's Shelter of South Texas by assisting with the Domestic Violence 101 course and with the Children's Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend's Multidisciplinary Team meeting.
Roman Gonzalez, Assistant District Attorney
Roman Gonzalez, Assistant District Attorney
Roman is a life-long resident of Jim Wells County where he has been involved with many organizations aimed at eliminating substance abuse among our area youth and his life goal is to see our community youth grow into respectable leaders who can continue the cycle of love and support needed in our neighborhoods- which makes him the perfect candidate to continue as our Juvenile Prosecutor. Roman's public service includes time as an Assistant Jim Wells County Attorney (1998-2002), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Attorney (2005-2008), and as an educator.
 
Richard L. Mackay, Assistant District Attorney
Richard L. Mackay, Assistant District Attorney
Richard has been an attorney in the State of Texas since 1987 and served as the First Assistant District Attorney for Coryell County (1995-2004), Assistant Attorney General (2004-2013), Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Taylor County (2013-2015) and Senior Felony Prosecutor for Nueces County (2015-2017). In addition to his long history as a prosecutor, Richard is a former advanced level Texas peace officer and adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Central Texas College.


 
 INVESTIGATORS

Margarito Perez, Jr., Chief Investigator
Margarito Perez, Jr., Chief Investigator
Margarito has been with the District Attorney's Office since 2011, and has nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience. Margarito's background as a DARE instructor, TCLEOSE instructor, Crime Stoppers officer, along with many other related programs made him the right choice to coordinate the community outreach progams for the District Attorney's Office. Maggie holds a Master Peace Officer license and serves as a supervisor for the investigators and crime victim services divisions.
Tammy Hallmark, Investigator
Tammy Hallmark, Investigator
Tammy has worked in law enforcement since 1990, she has worked her way from jailer/dispatcher up to investigator and eventually commander of a task force. In addition to her prior experience working for law enforcement agencies, Tammy has worked as a DA investigator in two different jurisdictions. Tammy holds a Master Peace Officer certification along with many other law enforcement related certificates.
 

Arturo R. Longoria, Investigator
Arturo R. Longoria, Investigator
Arturo started his law enforcement career in 1994. Arturo has worked for the Brooks County Sheriff's Department, Premont Police Department, Falfurrias Police Department, and Brooks County Code & Traffic Enforcement. Arturo holds a Master Peace Officer license and is a Gang Resistance Education and Training Instructor. Arturo had also served the Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone Corp. as Project Advocate where he provided crime victim services.
















STAFF
Vivian Lara, Office Manager- Administrative Division
Vivian Lara, Office Manager- Administrative Division
Vivian started working for the 79th Judicial District Attorney's Office in 2002 and has worked under three different administrations. Vivian has worked in both the Jim Wells and Brooks County District Attorney's Offices. As the office administrator, Vivian handles the daily operations of the office including processing office purchase orders, managing personnel issues, and coordinates the assignments of the legal support staff members.
 
Sylvia E. Chapa, Legal Assistant- Asset Forfeiture Division
Sylvia E. Chapa, Legal Assistant- Asset Forfeiture Division
Sylvia has worked in the asset forfeiture divisions of three different District Attorneys and has over 10 years of experience. Sylvia started in the Asset Forfeiture Department of the 105th Judicial District Attorney's Office in 2000 and remained with the Asset Forfeiture Division of the Kleberg & Kenedy Counties District Attorney's Office until she accepted her current position.
 
Sonia Elizondo, Legal Assistant- Criminal Division-Jim Wells
Sonia Elizondo, Legal Assistant- Criminal Division-Jim Wells
Sonia started her career in criminal justice in as an administrative assistant under the Border Prosecution Unit and is currently assigned to crimes against children and domestic violence cases. Sonia's background in the private sector included fleet management, data processing and case management.
 
 
Viola Garcia, Legal Assistant-Criminal Division-Jim Wells
Viola Garcia, Legal Assistant-Criminal Division-Jim Wells
Viola has worked under two different District Attorney's since 2009 and has worked in the Brooks County Tax Office. Viola has assisted in preparing indictments for grand jury, assisting with the preparation of criminal cases for trial and preparing motions to revoke probation.
 
Maria Elena Delgado, Legal Assistant- Jim Wells County In-take
Maria Elena Delgado, Legal Assistant- Jim Wells County In-take
Maria Elena has worked in the judicial system as a deputy clerk with the Jim Wells County District Clerk's Office and now with the District Attorney's Office. Maria Elena's primary duties includes the criminal case in-take from all of the law enforcement agencies filing cases with the DA's office.
Valerie Benavides, Legal Assistant-Criminal Division-Jim Wells
Valerie Benavides, Legal Assistant-Criminal Division-Jim Wells
Valerie started working in the judicial system as a deputy clerk with the Jim Wells County Clerk's Office and now with the District Attorney's Office. Valerie's primary duties includes preparing indictments for grand jury, assisting with the preparation of criminal cases for trial and preparing motions to revoke probation.
Sharis Mohair, Legal Assistant-Criminal Division-Brooks
Sharis Mohair, Legal Assistant-Criminal Division-Brooks
Sharis has comes to the District Attorney's Office with a background in coursework in criminal justice. Sharis assists in case intake, preparing case files for grand jury, pre-trial and trial.
 
 
BORDER PROSECUTION UNIT

Jon W. West, Assistant District Attorney/Border Prosecution Unit
Jon W. West, Assistant District Attorney/Border Prosecution Unit
This is a grant funded Border Prosecution Unit position embedded in the Texas Department of Public Safety where the prosecutor is available to offer direct technical assistance and training to law enforcement agencies as well as works on developing complex criminal cases for prosecution. Jon has been a prosecutor in a number of South Texas jurisdictions since 1993, and has handled thousands of felony cases.











Marisol Carvajal-Garcia, Assistant District Attorney/Border Prosecution Unit
Marisol Carvajal-Garcia, Assistant District Attorney/Border Prosecution Unit
Marisol began her legal career in 2008 and has experience in civil, criminal and appellate law and has practiced in both State and Federal courts. Marisol's experience as a prosecutor includes work as an Assistant District Attorney under a prior administration. Marisol works under the Governor's Border Prosecution Unit grant handling transnational crimes such as drug offense, human trafficking, and money laundering.













Jason Childers, Investigator/Border Prosecution Unit
Jason Childers, Investigator/Border Prosecution Unit
Jason started his law enforcement career with the Premont Police Department and the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and he eventually started with the Alice Police Department where he worked his way up to lieutenant of the criminal investigations division. Jason is an instructor for law enforcement courses at Coastal Bend Community College. Jason is a Master Peace Officer, a TCOLE Instructor and has a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Jason is the BPU training coordinator.
CRIME VICTIMS' SERVICES
Susie Saenz, Crime Victim's Coordinator- Victim's Services Division
Susie Saenz, Crime Victim's Coordinator- Victim's Services Division
Susie has worked under two different District Attorneys as a legal assistant since 2009 and worked as the Brooks County Court Manager for the 79th Judicial District between 2004-2008. Susie holds a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. In 2016, Susie took over as the Crime Victim's Coordinator (a position funded through a grant from the Texas Attorney General's Office).





RESERVE STAFF
Antonio "Tony" Vera, Reserve Investigator
Antonio "Tony" Vera, Reserve Investigator
Tony has over 40 years expierience in law enforcement. He has worked under three different sheriffs where he held several assignments which included patrol officer, chief jailer, and criminal investigator. Tony has also worked as a DA investigator under three different District Attorneys and served as the chief investigator for the DA's office up until his retirement. Tony holds a Master Peace Officer certification along with many other law enforcement related certificates.
Jaime Garza, Reserve Investigator
Jaime Garza, Reserve Investigator
Jaime has over 30 years in law enforcement and is the DA Resource Officer/liason to the many local law enforcement agencies. Jaime has devoted much of his law enforcement career to the investigation of narcotics and highway and street interdiction. Jaime's experienceincludes being a commander, Senior Investigation Agent, Special Agent of a multi-jurisdictional task force, and Chief Deputy for Kleberg County. Jaime holds a Master Peace Officer certification along with many other law enforcement related certificates.
Andrew "Andy" Priddy, Reserve Investigator
Andrew "Andy" Priddy, Reserve Investigator
Andy retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety after 27 years of service where he went through the ranks of the Highway Patrol Division (1990-1997), the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (1997-2008) and the Criminal Investigation Division (2008-2017). Andy holds a Master Peace Officer license and has several certifications including: TECOLE instructor, Motor Vehicle Theft Instructor and Firearm Instructor. Andy's position was funded by a Border Prosecution Unit grant from the Governor.



 
Ashley Everett, Public Relation/Social Media Advisor
Ashley Everett, Public Relation/Social Media Advisor
Ashley has worked in the 79th Judicial District Attorney's Office between 2009-2017, under two different District Attorneys. During her time in the DA's Office, Ashley has worked up every aspect of a criminal case from a new intake to the preperation of a trial notebook and through post-conviction. Ashley helped developed the media platforms used by the DA's office and has continues in improving those outlets.













Swaring in ceremony at the Jim Wells County Courthouse on January 1, 2013