SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
Tuesday, a Smith County man was found guilty of assault and family violence in a matter of minutes.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says it took a jury about three minutes to find 26-year-old Joshua Ray Bates, of Tyler, guilty of assault and family violence.
In December of 2013, Bates' wife reported to the Smith County Sheriff's Office that Bates had assaulted her. A deputy met the victim at the hospital and documented that she had swelling and redness on her face and head. The victim told authorities that she and Bates were separated and Bates had hit her after they got into an argument while she was picking up their son. A female friend of the victim witnessed the assault and drove the victim to the hospital.
Court records show Bates pleaded guilty to another charge of assault and family violence in October of 2009.
Bates could face a maximum punishment of up to 20 years in prison. Wednesday morning a jury will decide his punishment. Bates is not eligible for probation.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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