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The State of Texas v. Gloria Elizabeth Romero-Perez
Case Number: 03-18-00122-CR
Judge: Before Chief Justice Rose, Justices Field and Toth
Court: TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN
Plaintiff's Attorney: The Honorable Jennifer A. Tharp
Defendant's Attorney: Ms. Cathy S. Compton
In the above cause, a jury convicted appellee Gloria Elizabeth Romero-Perez of the
offense of continuous trafficking of persons and assessed punishment at 25 years’ imprisonment.
Appellee subsequently filed a motion for new trial, which the district court granted. The State filed
a notice of appeal from that order.
However, the record reflects that the district court did not impose appellee’s sentence
in open court, which is a prerequisite to ruling on a motion for new trial. Accordingly, the State has 1
filed a motion to abate the appeal and remand the case to the district court so that the district court
can impose sentence and take other action in the case. We grant the State’s motion. Specifically,
we abate the appeal and remand the case to the district court so that it may impose the appellee’s
See Tex. R. App. P. 28.1(a).1
sentence in open court as it is required to do. Following the imposition of sentence, the district 2
court may also make findings of fact and conclusions of law as to the motion for new trial and take
action on any formal bill of exception filed by the State.3
On remand, the district court shall cause notice of a hearing to be given and,
thereafter, orally pronounce the sentence assessed by the jury in the appellee’s presence. The district
court shall conduct the hearing within 20 days of the date of this order. A reporter’s record of the
hearing shall be prepared and filed in the record of this appeal, together with a supplemental clerk’s
record that includes the district court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law, if any, on the motion
for new trial and any formal bill of exception filed by the State. These supplemental records are due
to be filed in this Court within 35 days of the date of this order.
Outcome: The appeal will be reinstated when the supplemental records are filed.