GATESVILLE (February 28, 2014) A district judge in Gatesville on Friday sentenced two men in separate cases, one involving a sexual assault on a child and the other an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Judge Trent Farrell, in 52nd District Court, sentenced Christopher Evans, 34, to serve 20 years in state prison after Evans was found guilty by a jury on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Farrell also sentenced Shawn Curtis Russell, 22, to serve 25 years after he pleaded guilty to an aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Gatesville police reported at the time of the incident that Evans' ex-wife was assaulted and another man was threatened with a gun outside of a local supermarket.
Gatesville police Chief Nathan Gohlke said officers were sent on Jan. 7, 2013, to the 1200 block of North Lutterloh Avenue outside the H-E-B store, where a woman reported she had been attacked and that her boyfriend had been threatened with a gun.
When police arrived at the scene they arrested Evans and took him to the county jail.
Police recovered the weapon at the scene.
When deputies went to arrest Russell on Nov. 8, 2013 after a caller reported that a 5-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted, a scuffle ensued and a deputy was injured.
When deputies got to the home they found a man hiding in a tree who was threatening to hang himself, Coryell County Chief Deputy Joe Blakley said at the time.
Deputies talked the man into climbing down, but when they started to take him into custody he began fighting with them and threatened to cut himself with a pocketknife he had a jacket pocket, Blakley said.
As deputies wrestled him to the ground, one of them was cut on the back of the hand with the knife, Blakley said.
The cut was minor and the deputy was treated at the scene by Coryell Memorial Health System paramedics.
Blakley said Russell had been released earlier that day from county jail after posting bond on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender.
Department of Public Safety records show Russell was first ordered to register on Feb. 4, 2008.