Judge sentences man who punched LPD officer to 76 days in county jail

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
This is Jones' mug shot from 2014. (Source: Angelina County Jail)
This is Jones' mug shot from 2014. (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge again sentenced a 29-year-old Pollok man to 76 days in the county jail Wednesday for punching a police officer working security at a private event at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.

The sentencing came after the case went through several levels of the appeals process.

Christopher Blaine Jones appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court for a sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon. Jones received credit for time served for the 16 days he spent in the Angelina County Jail before his defense attorney filed an appeal.

In addition to the jail time, Jones' sentence includes 10 years of probation and a $10,000 fine. If he violates the conditions of his probation, he could be facing up to a 10-year prison sentence.

The victim, David Walker, said he never doubted the judicial process.

"I can tell you our community backs the police up and this just goes to prove that they do," said Walker.

Back in February of 2016, Inselmann handed down the same sentence because he felt like the 10-year probation sentence the jury agreed on was too lenient. At the time, Inselmann said that the 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.

Jones was originally charged with third-degree felony assaulting a public servant, Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest, and Class C misdemeanor public intoxication when he was arrested back in August of 2014.

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.

According to the narrative of the Lufkin Police Department incident report, Lufkin Police officers were 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, 2014.

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.

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.

According to Walker's daughter, she's content with the outcome, but hopes Jones has learned a lesson from all of this.

"I think he got some of what he deserves, but he does get a second chance, so I hope for his kid's sake it's worth it," said Ms. Walker.

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