Tejano Singer Navaira Pleads No Contest to DWI Charge

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tejano singer Emilio Navaira will spend a
month under house arrest and a year on probation after pleading no
contest to a four-year-old charge of driving while intoxicated.
Navaira, known to his fans as Emilio, entered the plea Wednesday
in Bexar County. The defense said Navaira slipped off a slick exit
ramp in January 2005 while returning from a hurricane benefit
concert.
Defense attorney Demetrio Duarte Jr. said Navaira decided to
plead no contest because of the many complicating factors in his
life, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Navaira suffered
serious injuries in a 2008 bus crash in Houston. He wore a
protective helmet for his head injuries.
The sentence will run concurrently with the two years probation
he received for his guilty plea in the Houston crash.
The case had been postponed seven times because of a court
backlog.


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