A man accused of severely beating another man was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of a lesser offense.
A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for 15 minutes before sentencing Robert L. Jones to a year in jail and fining him $4,000.
The sentence was the maximum that Jones could receive.
The jurors spent 30 minutes behind closed doors before finding the defendant guilty of assault, a Class A misdemeanor.
Jones, 41, went to trial for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony that could have resulted in a prison term of up to 20 years.
The Levelland man will be eligible for probation in seven months, said his attorney, Jeff Nicholson of Lubbock.
Asked why the case was tried, Nicholson said it was his client’s decision to go before