ETX man sentenced to 16 years for punching officer in collarbone

ETX man sentenced to 16 years for punching officer in collarbone
Rusk County Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 2:04pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:48am

An East Texas man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for assaulting a public servant.

On Thursday, a Rusk County jury sentenced James Earl Piland, 40, to 16 years in prison after striking an officer who was responding to a domestic disturbance call.

On April 21, 2103, Officers Brad Loden and Marilyn Wilson with the Overton Police Department were investigating a domestic disturbance. When they questioned Piland, officers say there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from him, then Pland punched Officer Loden in the collarbone.

The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half, Wednesday, before returning a guilty verdict.

Due to prior convictions of DWI and unauthorized use of a car, Piland was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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16 year! A habitual offender! You have got to be kidding me. Why is taxpayer $ wasted on such trivial BS? Give him jail time (sober time). Doesn't the criminal justice system have something better to do - like hardcore cases? This is a joke. Sure, support him in prison for 16 years. He's been there before he's got friends waiting.
Was he aiming for the collarbone or was the deft cop quick enough to get out of the way? DV w/etoh s/b de-escalated not aggravate the guy - anyone knows that - GEEEEZZ

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