Judge and jury send clear message
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Last week in the 434th State District Court, Honorable Judge James H. Shoemake sentenced a man to 15 years in prison for his attack on his wife after the jury found him guilty of aggravated assault. According to lead prosecutor Jill Stotts, “The jury’s dedication to a just result, a thorough investigation by law enforcement, and our willingness to prosecute, combined together as a justice system, works to protect victims even when they can’t protect themselves.”
Roger Charles Bridges never came home on the night of December 15, 2010. His wife Peggy was upset according to reports. However, the following day when she returned home from work, Bridges was at home. Again, she was upset and reportedly yelled at him and called him names. Bridges’ reaction to her insults was to grab her by the hair and drag her around the bedroom – pulling so hard that a large clump of hair was torn out of her scalp, said Stotts. “At some point, Bridges grabbed a knife and straddled Peggy while she lay on the floor. He put the knife to her throat and threatened to kill her and “gut” her. When Peggy began to pray out loud, the defendant let her up,” continued Stotts.
After a 911 call, law enforcement arrested Bridges and he was charged with aggravated assault. During the trial the state played the recorded 911 call for the jury where Bridges could be heard yelling and screaming at his wife and her crying and asking the defendant why he would put a knife to her throat, said Stotts. Interestingly, Bridges denied, at the scene, that he never had a knife and was only defending himself against his wife.
“Often domestic violence victims can be reluctant to testify against their spouse,” said Stotts, “But this case is the perfect example of how uncontrolled anger quickly escalates an argument into a deadly confrontation.”
Roger Charles Bridges, a 51 year old Needville man, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for pulling a knife on his wife during a domestic dispute. Bridges will serve half of this sentence before he can be considered for parole because a weapon was used to commit the crime.
Assistant District Attorneys Jill Stotts and Elizabeth Lieb prosecuted the case. David Disher represented the defendant.