A Brownwood man was sentenced recently in 35th District Court recently to 10 years in prison for stabbing another man in 2015, and in an unrelated case, a man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a child.
    A jury convicted Alfredo Villarreal, 53, of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced Villarreal to the 10-year term.
    Brownwood police responded early on the morning of Jan. 24, 2015 after a man was stabbed multiple times at a party, police said earlier.
    The defense argued that the man who was stabbed had been the aggressor and that Villarreal was defending himself and his property when he stabbed the man.

Aggravated sexual assault of a child
    Gary Craft, 65, was initially indicted on a charge of continuous sexual assault of a child.
    In a plea bargain agreement, Craft pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to the 35-year term.
    Craft was accused by indictment of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 14 whose father was friends with Craft.
    
Bond hearing
    In another unrelated case, District Judge Steve Ellis declined the state’s request to increase the bond on Richard Leach Jr., 40, who is accused by indictment of continuous sexual abuse of a child over a period of nearly five years.
    Leach is free on the $50,000 bond.
    Ellis did, however, enter a protective order that directs Leach to have no contact with the alleged victim, a teenage girl.
    Leach wanted the girl to go to the district attorney’s office and ask that Leach not be prosecuted, according to testimony. Leach offered the girl furniture and a cat in exchange for her dropping the allegation against Leach, testimony showed.