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Operation Lone Star

A minor trespassing case gives Gov. Greg Abbott’s border initiative its first courtroom win

The trial included four prosecutors, and so many potential jurors were summoned the town sandwich shop was shorthanded for lunch. But a Kinney County jury Monday convicted a Honduran national in the first jury trial for trespassing under Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star.

Defendant Lester Aguilar, center, arrives at the Kinney County Civic Center before jury selection begins, in Brackettville on May 9, 2022.
Tony Hackebeil, left, and Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith in Brackettville on May 9, 2022.
The Kinney County Courthouse in Brackettville, on May 9, 2022.

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