2 men, 1 woman plead guilty to meth charges

Published 7:00 am Sunday, July 7, 2013

Two Albert Lea men and one woman pleaded guilty last week to charges related to the sale of methamphetamine.

Gabriel Dominguez-Espinoza

Gabriel Dominguez-Espinoza

Gabriel Dominguez-Espinoza, 36, pleaded guilty Friday in Freeborn County District Court to aiding and abetting his wife during a methamphetamine sale in March to an undercover officer.

He faces a presumptive prison sentence of four years in prison for his role in the sale of about 7 grams of the drug.

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His wife, Melyssa Ellen Dominguez, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree meth sales in June and faces the same amount of time in prison.


Melyssa Dominguez

Melyssa Dominguez

ccording to court documents, the sale took place in the parking lot of Nelson’s Market Place March 14.

Dominguez reportedly exchanged the drug for $700 in the undercover officer’s car while Dominguez-Espinoza waited in the couple’s car with a baby.

Dominguez-Espinoza said he came along on the sale as a protection to his wife, and he knew that his wife was selling meth.

The plea agreement with his lawyer and the Freeborn County Attorney’s Office said Dominguez-Espinoza agreed to plead guilty to one count of second-degree aiding and abetting meth sales in exchange for two additional drug sales charges to be dismissed. These charges are likely to be dismissed at the sentencing hearing.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22. His wife is slated for sentencing a week later.

Roberto Martinez DelAngel

Roberto Martinez DelAngel

Roberto Martinez DelAngel, 43, pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant, a felony.

The plea, by was classified as an Alford plea, according to online court records. The plea is one in which a defendant maintains his innocence but recognizes there is sufficient evidence to convict, usually of stiffer penalties.

Assistant Freeborn County Attorney David Walker said DelAngel is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison. He had initially faced charges for two drug sales, but charges are expected to be dismissed for one as part of a plea agreement.

DelAngel was convicted in 2004 of fifth-degree possession of cocaine.

According to the court complaint, DelAngel sold the drug to an informant working for the South Central Drug Investigative Unit at his home at 507 Triangle Drive.

The informant was equipped with money and a recorder before the sale earlier this year.

DelAngel is being held in the Freeborn County jail on a $100,000 bail.

He is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 19.