James Rossen, who has been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon by a jury after only a two day trial from November 13 – November 15.
In December 2016, San Angelo Police were called to the scene of an incident at the South Bryant Walmart. A driver behind the wheel of a White SUV struck a pedestrian and fled the scene. The driver was later identified as Rossen.
The day after the incident, Rossen reported his vehicle stolen. This report turned out to be a false attempt to cover up the Walmart altercation after being investigated by Detective Chedwiggen of SAPD.
The trial also revealed that Rossen has been in trouble with the law before on several occasions that include possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated. Rossen has faced three felony charges and four misdemeanors in all before this conviction.
Rossen faced between five and 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The jury sentenced him to 10 years confinement in the penitentiary.
The District Attorney’s office released this statement: The citizens of Tom Green County deserve to feel safe in our community. The District Attorney’s office will continue the fight to keep our community safe by prosecuting those individuals who gamble with the safety and lives of the citizens of Tom Green County by engaging in dangerous and violent behavior.