A jury needed only 10 minutes last week to decide that a 45-year-old Hood County man was guilty of hitting his girlfriend in the face with his fist, District Attorney Rob Christian said.
Clinton Ray Sanders of Brazos River Acres was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison, according to Christian.
The charge, which would normally have been a Class A misdemeanor, was enhanced to a third-degree felony because Sanders had been convicted in 2009 of another assault causing bodily injury to a family member, Christian stated.
The victim testified that she had not spoken with Sanders since the assault occurred, Christian said.
“Punishment evidence showed that Sanders had been convicted of numerous misdemeanor offenses and assessed probation,” Christian said. “In nearly every case, Sanders violated his probation. Sanders will be eligible for parole when he has served one quarter of his sentence including any good time credit.”
Sanders had been dating the girlfriend about a month when the assault occurred while they were traveling in a vehicle near the Indian Harbor subdivision, Christian noted.
“At some point Sanders struck (the girlfriend) with a closed fist in the face causing her to have substantial bruising on her face around her eye,” Christian said.
“(The girlfriend) did not report the offense to the police, but when she went to Lake Granbury Medical Center authorities were alerted that an assault had taken place.”
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