A Texas man has reportedly been sentenced to 70 years in prison for spitting on Lubbock cops during his arrest last May.
Police arrested Larry Pearson, 36, on domestic violence charges after he allegedly punched a woman multiple times in the face and left her with “multiple visible wounds,” according to EverythingLubbock.com.
Pearson reportedly got angry when officers failed to catch the victim and began kicking down the police car door.
When two officers opened the door to stop him, the website said, Pearson spat at them and continued to do so after he arrived at the Lubbock County Detention Center.
A grand jury later found him guilty of two counts of harassing a public official.
During the closing arguments of the trial, prosecutor Jessica Gorman urged the jury to “send a message to the suspect and the community” with the verdict.
Gorman said Pearson had previous convictions for aggravated robbery and domestic violence. As a result, he faced a minimum sentence of 25 years.
Pearson’s defense attorney, Jim Shaw, told jurors the verdict was for a “minor misdemeanor” that got out of hand.