A man resident in Texas, the United States has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for spîttîng at policemen at Lubbock police officers during an arrest last May.
New York Post reports that the 36-year-old Larry Pearson was picked up by policemen on domestic viol£nc£ charges after he allegedly h#t a woman several times in the face. The report also revealed that Pearson left his victim with “multiple visible inj¥ries.”
Pearson allegedly got angry when officers didn’t arrest the victim, and started kicking the door of the police cruiser. When two cops opened the door to demand he stop, Pearson sp@t at them and kept doing so even after he got to the Lubbock County Detention Center, the New York Post said.
Jurors later found him guilty of two counts of hara§§ment of a public servant.
During the trial’s closing arguments, prosecutor Jessica Gorman asked the jury to “send a message” to both the suspect and society with its sentencing. Pearson had prior convictions for aggravated r%bbery and family viol£nc£, Gorman said. As a result, he faced a minimum sentence of 25 years.
If you’re going to live the life of crime, you’re going to do that among other criminals [in prison],” Gorman told the court. Jim Shaw, Pearson’s defense attorney, told jurors that the sentencing was for a “simple misdemeanor” that got out of control. “You’re not going to get 70 years for something like this when you’ve never been in trouble before,” Gorman said.