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Judge deems Pardo a 'clear, convincing threat to community'

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Amado "Mayo" Pardo is a "clear and convincing threat to the community," according to the federal magistrate who denied bail to the local restaurant owner.

Mayo Pardo and his brother, Jose Alvarado Pardo, will remain in federal custody after the judge sided with prosecutors, agreeing that the case against both men is strong. The judge said the brothers' criminal history added weight to his decision.

Pardo has two murder convictions, as well as a federal weapons conviction.

Last month local, state and federal agents raided four properties owned by the Pardo family, including the popular, South Austin restaurant and live music venue, Jovita's.

Authorities said they seized 98 grams of heroin, two weapons and $14,000 in cash during the raid.

One of the witnesses testifying on behalf of Mayo Pardo was local musician Cornell Hurd.

Hurd played every Thursday night at Jovita's for 14 years.

"I never saw anything resembling any king of illicit behavior...no drug deals, no criminal activity. Nothing like that any time I was there," Hurd said.

Jovita's remains closed, but family members tell YNN they are making plans to reopen the venue as soon as possible.

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