Texas

2 indicted, accused of cyberbullying 18-year-old to suicide

  • This undated photo provided by the Texas City Police Department shows Andres Arturo Villagomez. Villagomez and his girlfriend Karinthya Sanchez Romero have been indicted on charges arising from the cyberbullying of the man's ex-girlfriend until her suicide. The Galveston couple is accused of actions that investigators say drove 18-year-old Brandy Vela to fatally shoot herself in the chest on Nov. 29. 2016 at her family's home in Texas City, about 10 miles northwest of Galveston. (Texas City Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Texas City Police Department shows Andres Arturo Villagomez. Villagomez and his girlfriend Karinthya Sanchez Romero have been indicted on charges arising from the cyberbullying of the man's ex-girlfriend until her suicide. The Galveston couple is accused of actions that investigators say drove 18-year-old Brandy Vela to fatally shoot herself in the chest on Nov. 29. 2016 at her family's home in Texas City, about 10 miles northwest of Galveston. (Texas City Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Texas City Police Department shows Karinthya Sanchez Romero. Romero and her boyfriend Andres Arturo Villagomez have been indicted on charges arising from the cyberbullying of the man's ex-girlfriend until her suicide. The Galveston couple is accused of actions that investigators say drove 18-year-old Brandy Vela to fatally shoot herself in the chest on Nov. 29. 2016 at her family's home in Texas City, about 10 miles northwest of Galveston. (Texas City Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Texas City Police Department shows Karinthya Sanchez Romero. Romero and her boyfriend Andres Arturo Villagomez have been indicted on charges arising from the cyberbullying of the man's ex-girlfriend until her suicide. The Galveston couple is accused of actions that investigators say drove 18-year-old Brandy Vela to fatally shoot herself in the chest on Nov. 29. 2016 at her family's home in Texas City, about 10 miles northwest of Galveston. (Texas City Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Texas man and his girlfriend have been indicted on charges arising from the cyberbullying of the man's ex-girlfriend until her suicide.

A Galveston County grand jury indicted 22-year-old Karinthya Sanchez Romero and 21-year-old Andres Arturo Villagomez (VEE'-yah-goh-mehz). The Galveston couple is accused of actions that investigators say drove 18-year-old Brandy Vela to fatally shoot herself in the chest on Nov. 29 at her family's home in Texas City, about 10 miles northwest of Galveston.

Prosecutor Bill Reed says Romero is charged with stalking and online impersonation, felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison. Villagomez is charged with unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Romero is held on bonds totaling $20,000. Villagomez is jailed on $2,500 bond.