Tyler Man Gets 50 Years For Sexual Assault

A Tyler man has gotten 50 years from a Smith County jury after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

28 year old Daniel Wayne Tidwell was arrested in January 2007, bonded out and became a fugitive. Nearly a year later, he was found in Oklahoma.

The victim, who testified Tuesday, said a wrench was held to her throat, but the defense did argue the sex was consensual.

Tidwell was given 50 years and a $10,000 fine.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com