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Prosecutors drop assault charge against former Sullivan City mayor

The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office dropped an assault charge against former Sullivan City Mayor Leonel “Leo” Garcia last month.

Officers arrested Garcia and his partner, Evelyn Vela, on assault charges after they had a fight in February 2020.

“It was a misunderstanding,” Garcia said, adding that neither he nor Vela was injured.

Former Sullivan City Mayor Leonel “Leo” Garcia. (File Photo.)

Garcia accused Vela of choking and scratching him. Vela accused Garcia of choking her, punching her and pulling her hair.

Officers took photos of Garcia with scratches on his neck and hands. Vela, meanwhile, was booked at the Hidalgo County jail wearing a neck brace.

Garcia and Vela were both charged with assault, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, they faced a maximum of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

After the fight, however, they reconciled and decided to drop the charges.

Hidalgo County Court-at-Law #10 Judge Armando Marroquin dismissed the case against Vela on Feb. 22. Hidalgo County Court-at-Law #8 Judge Omar Maldonado dismissed the case against Garcia on Oct. 4.

“Thank God that we cleared everything — the misunderstanding that was out there,” Garcia said.

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