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College Station man sentenced in dragging incident

College Station man sentenced in dragging incident

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A College Station man was sentenced to 200 days in jail Friday after pleading guilty in an incident in which police said he used his car to drag the mother of his child nearly 450 feet.

James Alan Wright, 20, was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon - a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The plea agreement reduced the charge to Class A misdemeanor assault.

According to police reports, Wright and Gloria Perez were arguing as she stood next to his car and he sat in the driver's seat. Witnesses told police that she tried to hit him, so he grabbed her arm and began to drive.

Perez told police that Wright held onto her even after she could no longer keep up and that he continued to drag her down the road, according to court documents.

Also as part of the plea agreement, Wright must pay a $1,500 fine. His attorney, Cameron Reynolds, said during the hearing Friday that he didn't agree with officers' assessments of the incident.

"We don't believe he was guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but it was bad judgment for going to her house, and he'll have to pay for that," Reynolds said.

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