ETX man sentenced to 16 years for punching officer in collarbone
POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 3:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 8:48am
Rusk County, Texas (KETK) — 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.