BELTON — A 45-year-old man will serve 75 years behind bars for assaulting a disabled woman.
The jury handed down the sentence for Willie Lee Ockletree, of Killeen, after roughly half an hour of deliberation Wednesday morning. Ockletree was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday by the same jury.
Ockletree was arrested last March after he attacked his then-girlfriend, holding a pillow over her face and threatening to kill her with a knife.
Because Ockletree has two previous felony convictions for burglary, in 1988 and 1991, he faced a minimum sentence of at least 25 years. He will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
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