LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge sentenced the 27-year-old Lufkin man who punched a police officer after the officer confronted him for walking out of the Pitser Garrison Convention Center with a beer in his hand to 10 years of probation and 76 days in jail.
Christopher Blaine Jones appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District courtroom Wednesday morning.
As part of the sentencing, Inselmann also sentenced Jones to 76 days in the county jail. Inselmann said that jail stint represents one day for each active-duty Lufkin Police officer, plus an extra day for Sgt. David Walker, the LPD officer whom Jones punched.
"I wasn't expecting that," Walker said. "It kind of touched my heart that the judge would make that much reference to the police department. I hope this is a learning process. this gentlemen has a life ahead of him, but he needs to know there is consequences."
Jones was originally charged with third-degree felony assaulting a public servant, Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest, and Class C misdemeanor public intoxication.
Inselmann rejected Jones' guilty plea back in October of 2015 because Jones kept making it seem like the Lufkin PD officer was asking to get hit in the way he was treating them in regard to the alcohol.
An Angelina County jury convicted Jones of felony assault of a public servant earlier this month.
According to the narrative of the Lufkin Police Department incident report, a Lufkin Police officers was dispatched out to the Pitser Garrison Convention Center located at 601 N. Second Street to assist another officer at approximately 11:12 p.m. on Aug. 17.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he found an LPD sergeant standing in front of Jones, who was sitting with his hands cuffed in front of him. It was obvious that Jones had been hit in the stomach area with a dart from an electric stun device. The second officer on the scene took Jones to the emergency room at Lufkin's Memorial Hospital, where the dart was removed.
According to the narrative, Jones had walked out of the Pitser Garrison Convention Center with a beer in his hand. The LPD sergeant confronted him about the alcoholic beverage in his hand and told him to place his hands on a vehicle for a pat-down search.
At that point, Jones allegedly turned and punched the sergeant. The LPD sergeant deployed his Taser and took Jones into custody. A bystander assisted the Lufkin Police sergeant.