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Victoria man sentenced for aggravated assault

By Victoria Advocate
Sept. 24, 2012 at 4:24 a.m.


A Victoria man pled guilty after he said he purposely slammed on his brakes while driving in front of a sheriff's deputy near Bloomington.

Judge Robert C. Cheshire sentenced Donald Ladner, 61, to six years in prison for aggravated assault of a public servant on Monday.

Ladner, a contract deliveryman, was delivering papers for the Advocate at about 2 a.m. April 26, when Victoria County Sgt. Justin Marr pulled him over on Farm-to-Market Road 616 on suspicion of going 69 mph in a 60 mph speed zone.

Lander got a ticket. Then about 15 minutes later sped by Marr again and hit the brakes, Assistant District Attorney Luther Easley said.

"He originally said an animal ran out in front of him," Easley said, but Ladner admitted to his wife through a jailhouse phone call that he baited the officer into running into the back of him.

Ladner's attorney Brent Dornburg said he respected Cheshire's decision.

"He (Ladner) didn't mean to hurt anybody. He just said he slammed on his brakes because he was upset," he said.

Marr suffered soreness in his chest and neck area, but did not have to take off any time from work either, Sheriff Michael T. O'Connor said.

"Normally, you're dealing with subjects who don't like you just because of the uniform," Marr said on the stand Thursday.

He said 75 people have been violent towards him throughout his 15-year career.

Ladner may be eligible for parole in three years.

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