POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Livingston man who shot at a Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy and six occupants in a home on River Road back in March of 2017 was sentenced to 99 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison Friday.
Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon said that the jury sentenced Joseph Alexander Swansey, 24, to 99 years in prison for aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon. The jury also sentenced Swansey to 19 years in a TDCJ prison for a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
In addition, the jury sentenced Swansey to 10 years each for five counts of third-degree felony deadly conduct. Hon added that at the time of the shooting incident, Swansey was also on probation for two earlier felony charges - assault by asphyxiation and endangering a child. Hon said that Judge Kaycee Jones of the 411th Judicial District Court revoked Swansey's probation for those charges and sentenced him to 10 years for each of those charges.
Hon said that all of the prison sentences are concurrent, which means that Swansey will be serving them all at the same time.
The Polk County District Attorney said that Swansey was fined a total of $70,000 for the seven charges.
"It was obviously a case where I approved of the jury's verdict," Hon said.
Hon added that Josh Sanders, the PCSO deputy that was involved in the shoot-out with Swansey deserves a lot of respect.
"This situation could have had a terribly different outcome if not for Deputy Sanders' grace under fire and the way he went above and beyond to protect the public," Hon said.
Swansey was arrested early last year after he was involved in a shoot-out with a Polk County deputy. According to the arrest affidavit, the deputy had been dispatched to a harassment call at a residence in the 1100 block of River Road in the Holiday Lakes Estates Subdivision. Swansey reportedly drove up to the house, got out with a rifle, and started firing at the deputy and the home.
There were six people inside the home at the time of the shooting incident.
The deputy took cover behind his patrol unit and returned fire. The affidavit states Swansey than fled the scene in his car. He was arrested after the brief chase ended when he crashed his car into trees.
Swansey was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to the affidavit, he had fired more than 20 shots during the incident.