Convicted felon Ricky Lynn Mills II, 33, formerly of Oklahoma, was sentenced to 35 years in prison Tuesday by Judge Bob Carroll of the 40th Judicial District Court. 

An Ellis County jury had convicted Mills of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Friday. After less

than an hour of deliberations the same jury assessed the 35-year prison sentence. 

Under Texas law, Mills must serve a minimum of 17-1/2 years (one-half) of that sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The aggravated assault conviction stems from a Sept. 21, 2010, altercation in which Mills used a Ford pickup to attempt to push a vehicle driven by the victim into oncoming cross traffic on U.S. Highway 287. Mills first punched the victim in the face before getting behind the wheel of the pickup and committing the aggravated assault. The victim was able to avoid a collision.

Evidence introduced at trial showed that Mills has prior convictions from Oklahoma for rape, assault with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. 

“Ricky Lynn Mills is a dangerous man. Our community is a safer place with him behind bars,” said Rick Sipes, the assistant county and district attorney who tried the case.