Man sentenced to life in prison for assault on ETX police officer | News
The Tyler man who put a Tyler motorcycle officer in the hospital has been sentenced to life in prison.
In March of last year, 37-year old Michael Renard Webb was pulled over for talking on his cell phone in a school zone.
According to police, Webb attacked the officer, and the two fought until an investigator stopped to help apprehend Webb.
Thirteen months ago, Tyler Police officer Bill Steinmiller was working a traffic stop that turned into a violent drug bust and put Michael Webb in jail.
"I don't care what [Webb] gets up here on the stand and lies about. His intent in his mind was to beat [Steinmiller's] head in the wall," said Smith County District Attorney's Office prosecutor Richard Vance.
Vance showed the court photos of Webb's violent tattoos and then delved into his 4-year run as a Tyler gang member.
"Lets talk a little bit about when you were out there gang-banging with the Westside Bloods while you were being a 'Tyler, Texas player,' as you like to call yourself," said Vance.
Webb's mother, fiance and church pastor all took the stand, too; Each admitted they were hurt by some of the things they'd learned about Webb. Still, they pled for the court to not punish Webb so severely that his life would be over.
"He's asking the court to not just to consider these events in his life, but his entire life,"said Webb's attorney to the court.
Officer Steinmiller was in the courtroom, too. He is back on the job, but still recovering from his injuries.
Steinmiller told the court his life has yet to return to what it was before the assault, but he hopes some day it could; The court decided Webb's life never would.
Webb was also sentenced on one charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and two charges of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone. Thoes charges added up to another 70 years.
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