NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County judge sentenced a 32-year-old Lufkin man to two years in a state jail for assaulting his wife and leaving his 2-year-old daughter alongside a roadway back in January of 2014.
Jeffrey Wayne Batson appeared in Judge Campbell Cox's 145th Judicial District Court Friday for a punishment hearing. A jury found him guilty of state-jail felony criminally negligent injury to a child in the same courtroom on July 13.
Andrew Jones, a prosecutor with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office said that a state-jail felony carries a punishment range of probation or six months to two years in a state jail. Jones said Batson chose to let the judge set his sentence, and the sentencing hearing was rescheduled for Friday
Jones said that the judge heard arguments from both sides and the state requested that Batson get the maximum sentence for a state-jail felony.
According to the arrest affidavit, NCSO deputies were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Sandyland Circle at about 9:10 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2014 in reference to a disturbance with weapons. When they got there, the victim told them that her husband had assaulted her with a knife in his hand.
The woman also told authorities that she and Batson got into an argument after she grabbed their 2-year-old daughter and attempted to go to a neighbor's house. Batson allegedly chased her down in the driveway, took the little girl, and began hitting the woman in the face, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, Batson went back to the house and left the 2-year-old girl standing unsupervised by the road. At that point, Batson climbed into his vehicle and began driving recklessly up and down the roadway.
Later, the deputies found the little girl sitting alone by a portable heater in the couple's home.
Batson was arrested at the scene and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. Once they got there, Batson allegedly refused to leave the vehicle.
The affidavit stated Batson that no one could make him go into the jail. Using physical force, the deputy got Batson out of the patrol vehicle.
In addition, Batson allegedly pulled away from the deputy and refused to be searched and booked. As a result, Batson was secured in the "violent chair" and turned over to the jail's staff, according to the affidavit.