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GALVESTON – Yesterday, the jury found Leonard Smith, 56, guilty of Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member/Impeding Breath with a Previous Conviction and sentenced Smith to thirty years in prison with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

On Monday, March 12, 2016, Smith’s jury trial began in the 10th District Court. The State presented evidence that on July 26, 2016, Leonard Smith assaulted his wife, requiring law enforcement and EMS to respond.

Jurors learned that Officer A. Gill of the Galveston Police Department responded to the scene and immediately observed a female victim that had visible injuries all over her face including redness and bruising. Her nose appeared to have dried blood and her eye was nearly swollen shut. Additional injuries were found around her neck. The victim advised that her husband, Smith, became intoxicated earlier at a cookout. Leonard got angry at the outing and when they returned home that night, an argument ensued. The victim explained that Leonard became violent and she attempted to leave.

Leonard pinned the victim down and then began striking her in the face with a closed fist. The victim testified that she began screaming for help. At this time, Leonard placed his hands around her neck and on her mouth. She attempted to get away but Leonard continued to punch her in the face more than twenty times. The victim was able to escape eventually and went to a friend’s house to call the police.

Jurors also heard from EMS personnel during the trial. EMS explained the extent of the victim’s injuries. During trial, prosecutors put on evidence showing the jury that Leonard had been previously convicted of a criminal offense involving domestic violence resulting in his present case being a second degree felony.

The jury heard closing arguments on Wednesday afternoon. Chief Felony Prosecutor Kayla Allen reminded the jury of the traumatic events and what the victim had been through. She focused the jury’s attention to the victim’s testimony where she explained that she thought she was going to die that night. The jury retired to deliberate Wednesday morning and returned approximately one hour later with a guilty verdict. The punishment phase of the trial followed.

During the punishment phase, jurors learned that Leonard had previously been convicted of the felony offense of possession of a controlled substance twice and burglary of a habitation. The jury retired and deliberated on punishment Wednesday afternoon. They returned approximately three hours later. The jury assessed Leonard’s punishment at thirty years in prison. He will have to serve at least one fourth of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

 

Leonard was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kayla Allen and Brett Landriault in the 10th District Court, with Judge Kerry Neves presiding. The investigations were conducted by the Galveston Police Department.



Comments:
It takes a special kind of trash to beat on a woman. Correction, there is no trash that is special, he's just trash.
Posted by Sasquatch at 3/19/2018 9:31:07 AM

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