The appeal of a Navasota man convicted of aggravated assault has been denied.
According to records, the 14th Court of Appeals denied the appeal of Adrian James Bennett Jr., filed on September 1st. Bennett was found guilty in May 2018 of aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, one count of assault bodily injury family violence with prior conviction for family violence, and attempted taking of a weapon from a peace officer.
Those stemmed from the original incident in September 2015, when Navasota PD responded to Durden Street, where Bennett reportedly slapped the mother of his three children, with whom he was no longer in a relationship. Navasota Officer Mike Garcia called for backup, and threatened to arrest Bennett if he did not comply with his request to not approach the complainant.
Upon ignoring the requests, Garcia attempted to handcuff Bennett, who then ran toward the house and eventually attacked Garcia in the midst of their struggle. Bennett struck Garcia numerous times, and according to records, attacked him with fists and a hammer.
The attack stopped when more reinforcements arrived.
Bennett was sentenced to 60 years in prison for each of the aggravated assaults with a deadly weapon. He is required to serve a minimum of 30 years before being eligible for parole.
Bennett is incarcerated at the Eastham Unit in Lovelady, and is not eligible for parole until 2046, with maximum sentence extending to 2076.