LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who punched a sheriff's deputy because he was angry about someone running raw sewage onto his property was sentenced to six years of probation with a condition that he serve 180 days in the county jail Thursday morning.
Gary Mills, 56, appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court for a sentencing hearing Thursday. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony assaulting a public servant charge. When he was arrested back in February of 2015, Mills was also charged with Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest.
Attorney Al Charanza said that Inselmann sentenced Mills to 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison. However, he probated the sentence to six years of probation, and one of the conditions of Mills' probation is that he will serve a 180-day stint in the county jail, Charanza said.
According to the ACSO activity report, a deputy responded to a prowler call at a residence in the 6000 block of Highway 59 at about 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. When he arrived on the scene, a "very agitated male" left the home and started screaming and cursing at the deputy.
At first, Mills told the deputy that prowlers were in his back yard, the activity report stated. Then, Mills led the deputy around to the back yard and showed the deputy raw sewage on the ground.
Mills told the deputy that he had reported his neighbors for running their raw sewage onto his yard. At that point, Mills waded into the raw sewage and got even angrier when the deputy declined to join him in the muck, the activity report stated.
Still screaming and yelling, Mills approached the deputy, and as the deputy tried to calm him down, Mills allegedly punched him in the face. After a struggle, the ACSO deputy was able to place Mills in handcuffs, the activity report stated.
However, the deputy wasn't able to load Mills into his patrol unit until back-up arrived, the activity report stated. While Mills was being loaded into the patrol unit, he allegedly kicked a deputy in the chest.
After the deputies used "OC spray" on Mills, they finally got him loaded into the patrol unit.
Mills was then transported to the Angelina County Jail without any further incident.