Out on bond: Mercedes teens’ social media threat case in DA’s hands

MERCEDES — Jose Cano is out on bail.

He went to jail last week for sending a Tweet that caught the attention of authorities.

Cano was released on a $10,000 bond yesterday morning. His bond was originally set at $250,000 by Mercedes Municipal Judge Juan Alvarez.

Cano’s bond conditions are no social media use, he must stay away from Mercedes High School, no contact with co-defendant, must wear an electronic monitor and has a 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily curfew.

Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez said his office had been in talks with parents and attorneys about possible bond reductions.

Cano and Roen Lerma both 17 were arrested Jan. 13 for making terrorists threats against Mercedes High School. Lerma still is in custody.

“Because they are felony offenses, the students may be expelled,” said Dr. Daniel Trevino, Mercedes superintendent of schools.

Trevino said chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code of procedure states felony offenses are expellable violations.

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