Denison man to appear in court on Harlan burglary charge next month


December 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Denison man arrested last month on burglary and criminal mischief charges is free on bond, with his trial set to take place next month. 20-year old Winston Joseph Leal was charged in connection with an incident which occurred in Harlan on October 27th. Leal allegedly kicked in the walk-in door of a garage at 411 6th St. in Harlan. While in the garage, he allegedly took a sub woofer box containing three 10-inch speakers, and destroyed a 50-inch, flat-screen television, valued at $1,300.

Leal  faces felony charges of burglary in the third-degree, and second-degree criminal mischief. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, with additional fines totaling $10,000.  Leal posted a $10,000 bond last Friday (December 2nd), and is scheduled to appear at his trial on January 31st in Shelby County District Court. 

In addition, Leal has pled not guilty to a charge filed in November, of Interference with Official Acts. The offense allegedly happened on November 14th. His trial on that Serious Misdemeanor charge will take place May 8th, 2012.