Man gets 30 years for dragging deputies

By Barbara Ramirez (Contact)
Thursday, August 2, 2007

CORPUS CHRISTI — A district judge on Thursday sentenced a Robstown man to 30 years in prison for dragging Nueces County deputies alongside his pickup truck, then pointing a weapon at them.

A jury last week found Louis Wayne Teeter guilty on charges of attempted capital murder, two counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer and violation of a protective order. The jury sentenced Teeter to 30 years in prison on the attempted capital murder charge, 20 years for each aggravated assault of a peace officer charge and 10 years on the violation of a protection order charge. The state recommended the sentences run concurrently because they were part of the same criminal episode, prosecutor Chris Dorsey said.

Judge Jose Longoria, of the 214th District Court, accepted the recommendation.

"We cannot, in any way, have our citizens disobeying our officers on the streets," Longoria said before announcing Teeter's sentence. "Unfortunately, the situation escalated to this degree. I'm sure it's something that goes through your mind every day — every minute."

Teeter must serve at least 15 years before being eligible for parole, Dorsey said.

Nodding his head, Teeter agreed he often thinks about Feb. 25, the day he refused to open the gate to his property for Nueces County deputies who were investigating a family domestic violence call. After Teeter was uncooperative with deputies who tried to arrest him, he was shot seven times, prosecutors said.

"The only thing I did wrong was not open my gate," Teeter told the judge before being escorted out the courtroom in shackles and handcuffs.

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