A 26-year-old San Angelo man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after being found guilty by a Tom Green County jury of aggravated assault. Levi Todd Turner received the maximum sentence for the Jan. 6, 2015, incident.
According to a press release from the 51st District Attorney’s Office, on Jan. 6, 2015, Turner’s victim, her husband and three small children were traveling on Avenue N when another vehicle almost struck their vehicle. The victim honked her vehicle’s horn at the other driver, later identified as Turner. Turner then drove up next to the victim’s vehicle while yelling at her.
Turner then produced a gun and shot at the victim’s vehicle. He passed her vehicle on turned off Avenue N, but the victim was able to get his license plate number and called 9-1-1.
San Angelo Police Department Officer Chris Schneider responded to the victim’s home and found a bullet fragment in her driver’s side door. SAPD Officer Joel Fincher found Turner at a Stripes Convenience Store on North Bryant Boulevard about an hour and 20 minutes after the incident.
A jury trial for Turner began Feb. 21 with 340th District Judge Jay Weatherby presiding. The jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Turner guilty of aggravated assault. Turner selected to have the jury assess his punishment, according to the release.
During the punishment phase of the trial, the state called witnesses that included the victim, several police officers, two jailers and a former girlfriend of Turner’s, who he had previously assaulted. After hearing evidence, Turner was sentenced to the maximum sentence possible.
The case was prosecuted by Ashley Knight, assistant district attorney; and Richard Villarreal, first assistant district attorney, 51st Judicial District.
A statement from the DA’s office said, “We want to thank the jury for their careful consideration in this case. We also want to thank Detective Lynn Dye with the San Angelo Police Department, along with the rest of the officers involved in this investigation, for their involvement and assistance in the case. We applaud the victim who was cognizant enough to obtain the defendant’s license plate number which led to his apprehension. We hope that this verdict will help her and her family in the healing process and they can move forward from this traumatic event in their life. Ideally, families and children in our community would feel safe traveling in and around San Angelo without the fear of falling victim to random acts of senseless violence. When such violence occurs, the district attorney’s office will prosecute and recommend harsh punishment. Before individuals decide to engage in this kind of behavior, they should consider the outcome in this case, and recognize that Tom Green County juries will respond accordingly. Given the nature of this offense, the jury assessed the maximum punishment allowed by law. We again want to thank the jury for their time and consideration of this case and the law enforcement officers that assisted with this investigation.”