GATESVILLE — A Coryell County jury Wednesday convicted Julius Ervin Johnson, 31, of assaulting a Copperas Cove police officer, sentenced him to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine with a recommendation of probation.

Judge Trent Farrell will set the terms and conditions of Johnson’s probation at a final sentencing Monday in 52nd Judicial District Court.

The trial lasted three days.

“We are very proud of the outcome of the trial and appreciate the time and attention the jury committed to it,” District Attorney Dusty Boyd said.

Johnson, a Copperas Cove resident, was arrested Aug. 4, on U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. While in custody in the backseat of the police car, Johnson began screaming and repeatedly kicked one of the back doors, according to police reports.

When a police officer approached the vehicle, Johnson kicked the door, striking and injuring the officer in the wrist and arm.

Assault on a public servant is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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