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Polk Co. jury gives man 50 years for shooting at deputy

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Paul Welch. Source: Polk County Jail. Paul Welch. Source: Polk County Jail.
LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) -

A Polk County jury took just 30 minutes to determine where a Livingston man would be for the next 50 years.

The jury found Paul Anthony Welch, 40, guilty of attempted capital murder on Wednesday, after a three-day trial.

Welch was arrested in July after he shot at a residence and a deputy.

District Attorney Lee Hon said the jury found Welch guilty of the crime after 20 minutes of deliberations. It took jurors about 10 minutes to determine his punishment, Hon said.

In July, Reserve Deputy Jay Burks, who was off-duty at the time, responded to the 2200 block of FM 2798,after someone called the sheriff's office saying that Welch was on the way to the residence "to cause a disturbance."

Burks arrived at the scene and parked a short distance away to see if Welch would arrive, then walked to the porch and spoke with caller and other family members. According to the report, Welch pulled up near the residence and began shooting at it.

Burks shot back and Welch drove away. Nobody was struck in the incident, but Burks' vehicle was hit several times by Welch's gunshots, according to the report.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, Hon asked the jury to put Welch in prison for 99 years. But he said in a telephone interview on Friday that he was pleased with the 50-year sentence.

Hon said other felony charges are pending for Welch, but prosecutors would likely wait until the latest conviction goes through the appeal process to decide how to proceed with them.

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