District Judge Steve Ellis approved a recent plea bargain in 35th District Court and sentenced a 29-year-old man to 12 years in prison for hitting a jailer and threatening a convenience store clerk.

Christopher Dwayne Howard, 29, entered guilty pleas to assault against a public servant and retaliation, court records state.

Howard hit a jailer in the face on Dec. 8, 2006 as he was being placed in a cell for violent offenders, court records state.

On Sept. 23, Howard returned to a convenience store in defiance of an earlier criminal trespass warning and threatened the clerk, records state.

In other recent sentencings, according to District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office:

Joshua Dewayne Smith, on probation for sexual assault, was adjudicated and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Cassi Lynn Spencer, also known as Cassi Lynn Osteen, pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Osteen pleaded guilty to theft over $1,500 under $20,000 and was sentenced to two years in state jail. Osteen, on probation for three forgery offenses, was revoked and sentenced to two years in state jail in each case.

Julian Gonzalez, pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to five years in prison. Gonzalez was also on probation for burglary of a habitation, which was revoked and he was sentenced to an additional five years in prison.

Anthony David Egnew pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to four years in prison. Egnew pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 15 months in state jail.

Acey Glen Sliger pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three years in prison.

James Russell Owen, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was revoked and sentenced to 15 months in state jail.