First jury trial during pandemic concludes in Fort Bend

Franklin Deon Wilson was convicted of assault family violence with a previous conviction and sentenced to five years in prison on October 14, 2020.

The 26-year old Houston man was convicted by a jury last week before 434th District Court Judge James H. Shoemake determined his punishment.

According to Assistant District Attorney Lauren Valenti, Wilson’s girlfriend asked him to leave her home after an argument on September 12, 2019. The defendant refused to leave and punched her in the head, bit her, and took her phone when she attempted to call for help. When Wilson finally decided to leave, he took his girlfriend’s car. When the woman attempted to stop him, Wilson drug her through the parking lot of her apartment complex as he drove away. At trial, the defendant denied the assault and denied a previous conviction for family violence for which he was on probation in Harris County.

“After the jury heard all of the evidence, the jurors understood not only that the defendant committed the assault, but that his conduct was a continuing pattern of unacceptable behavior,” said Valenti.

“This was our first jury trial in Fort Bend County during the pandemic,” said District Attorney Brian Middleton. “We appreciate the jurors for taking their civic duty seriously and having the confidence to show up. We were also grateful for the fact that they all remained attentive and patient as we worked out the logistics of keeping everyone safe.”

Assault Family Violence with a Previous Conviction in this case is a third-degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The defendant was eligible to receive probation.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Valenti and Chief Family Violence Prosecutor Chad Bridges tried the case.