Man sentenced for assaults in park
Miguel Angel Velasquez was convicted of aggravated assault on a public servant and sexual assault on July 12 after pleading guilty to both charges.
The 27-year old Houston man appeared before 400th District Court Judge Maggie Jaramillo and was sentenced to a 25-year prison term in an agreement with prosecutors. The charges stemmed from an attack on a City of Houston park ranger, who risked his life to stop a sexual assault at a Houston park in Fort Bend County.
According to the Chief Domestic Violence Prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Amanda Bolin, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Cullinan Park around 3 a.m. on June 23, 2014. The park, although owned and operated by the City of Houston, is located in the 12300 block of Highway 6 in the Sugar Land area.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that a woman had been sexually and physically assaulted at the park by the father of her child. Park Ranger, Conrad Wilturner arrived at the park to conduct a property check when he interrupted the sexual assault. The suspect, later identified as Miguel Velasquez, confronted Wilturner and struck him in the face and head multiple times with a pipe.
An alert for Velasquez was immediately distributed and he was located and detained by Houston police officers in the Sharpstown area. The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment as was Wilturner, who has since had a series of reconstructive surgeries and is still being treated for injuries associated with the attack.
“God bless Ranger Wilturner. He put his life on the line to save this woman, victimized by a man with no moral compass,” said Bolin. “If there’s one thing I know I can trust, it is that great men and women will rise up to defend the innocent from the evil that crawls among us – no matter the cost.”
Aggravated assault of a public servant is a first-degree felony punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Sexual assault in this case is a second-degree felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Velasquez received 25 years for the attack on Wilturner and an additional five years for the sexual assault. The sentences will be served concurrently, but Velasquez cannot be considered for parole for over 12 years. Attorney Mike Elliott represented the defendant.