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Punishment for Wichita Falls Man Convicted of Threatening a Police Officer Has Been Decided
It took jurors about 30 minutes to decide punishment for the Wichita Falls man they convicted of threatening a police officer with a gun.
They recommended a punishment of 20 years in prison and a five-thousand-dollar fine. That comes after they found Jamell Brooks guilty of aggravated assault of a peace officer. They made that decision Friday.
During final arguments today, the jury learned the range of punishment for the conviction was 15 to 99 years or life in prison. The normal range of punishment for a first degree felony starts at five years, but Brooks' charge was enhanced because he's a convicted felon.
Defense attorneys told jurors to remember they were sentencing Brooks as a whole person, not for just one crime he committed. They also said there's a range of punishment for a reason. They argued that very severe crimes offer the maximum punishment.
They said because no one was injured during Brooks' crime, because Brooks doesn't have a violent past and there was no premeditation of the crime he committed, then the jury should give him a lighter sentence.
Lead prosecutor James Suter asked jurors to start the range of punishment at 40 years. He said jurors needed to be a voice for the community and hold Brooks accountable for his actions. Suter said public servants protect everyone in our community and now it was jurors' turn to protect law enforcement.
Ultimately jurors decided on 20 years in prison.