A former inmate soon will be heading back to prison after being convicted of assaulting a correctional officer at the Smith Unit here in 2014.
    Nahum Gonzalez Jr., age 29, pleaded guilty in 106th District Court here this past Wednesday to a charge of assault on a public servant.
    Following a hearing on punishment, Gonzalez was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison by Judge Cecil Puryear of Lubbock, serving here by assignment.
    He was given credit on that sentence for about 18 months spent in custody.
    Having been free on bond after being released from prison on his previous conviction, Gonzalez was instructed to turn himself in to the Dawson County Jail on May 19 to begin serving his new prison sentence.
    Court records show Gonzalez was indicted here in 2015 on the assault charge alleging he injured Rafael Esquivel, an officer at the Smith High Security Unit, by hitting him in the face in October 2014.
    That charge was enhanced by an allegation that Gonzales had been convicted in Duval County in 2007 on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

 

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