A Bryan man was sentenced to spend 18 years in prison after he was convicted this week of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.

According to the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, Tanzy Joseph Deshotel III, 35, was sentenced Monday by 361st District Court Judge Steve Smith. Officials say in February 2016, Deshotel attempted to run over his girlfriend with a vehicle, and witnesses reported hearing him threaten to kill the woman, who did not cooperate with prosecutors. Deshotel was placed on probation one year later and ordered to attend counseling. However, in April, he allegedly punched the same woman’s child in the face, leaving bruises.

Officials said he has a history of violence, and in Louisiana he was convicted of committing a drive-by shooting and home burglaries. He was accused of beating an ex-girlfriend so severely she required brain surgery, authorities said, and in 2008 he allegedly assaulted a paramedic in Houston.

Deshotel will be eligible for parole in nine years. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

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