Victoria man sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Nathan Rodriguez

A Victoria man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Thursday.

Nathan Thomas Rodriguez, 28, was also sentenced to two years in state jail in an aggravated assault case.

The sentences will run concurrently.

"The jury sent a message to this defendant and the rest of the community that dangerous persons like this defendant will not be welcomed in our community," said assistant district attorney ElĂ­ E. Garza. "The citizens of this county should be proud of how our officers in the Victoria Police Department worked hard to get this criminal off our streets."

On Aug. 26, Victoria police officer Michael Leet saw two vehicles turn from U.S. Highway 59 onto John Stockbauer Drive. Leet followed both vehicles and stopped them before the intersection of John Stockbauer Drive and Lone Tree Road.

After pulling over, Rodriguez struck the car in front of him and fled onto Lone Tree Road.

Leet testified the defendant drove the vehicle more than 90 miles per hour.

The defendant fled after striking a vehicle that was waiting for a red light at the intersection of Ben Jordan Street and U.S. Highway 59, leaving one of the occupants injured.

Rodriguez was on felony probation for aggravated assault after being convicted in Nueces County for biting the nose off of a man.