District Judge Steve Ellis approved a plea bargain Thursday that placed Eddie Gomez on two years deferred adjudication following an altercation with police at the Coliseum Annex during the municipal election in 2006.
Gomez, 36, pleaded no contest to two charges of assault on a public servant, third-degree felonies with a sentencing range of two to 10 years in prison.
Gomez was also fined $500 in each case according to the plea bargain negotiated between District Attorney Micheal Murray and Gomez’ lawyers, John Lee Blagg and Nathan Butler.
Brownwood police have said the trouble began when Gomez, who was at the Coliseum Annex to vote on May 13, 2006, became angry over issues including being asked to turn off his cell phone. Gomez fought with officers Mitch Slaymaker and Bryan Keith, police have said.
The defense had maintained that it was Gomez who was assaulted by the officers following a dispute that began over a cell phone.
The Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued statements after the incident saying Gomez was “angrily and disrespectfully” confronted by an election judge about his use of a cell phone, and was “severely beaten and bruised” by police and a civilian.
Brownwood Police Chief Virgil Cowin has said his officers acted in self-defense and did nothing wrong.