An Athens, Texas, man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for wielding a knife in an attack on an Ellis County sheriff’s deputy during a July 12, 2010, traffic stop near Bristol in eastern Ellis County. Bradford Craig Randle, 50, was shot in the abdomen during the encounter with the deputy.

Randle, who was eligible for probation having had no prior felony conviction, had faced sentencing of from five to 99 years or life on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault of a public servant. He must serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

The trial began Monday in 40th District Court, Judge Bob Carroll presiding. The guilt/innocence phase ended Wednesday with the jury’s guilty verdict, with the punishment concluding later that afternoon.

“We want to thank the jury in this case for their diligent work in arriving at a fair verdict of guilty and especially for assessing a fair and very appropriate punishment for the crime committed,” prosecutors Don Maxfield and Amy Nguyen said in a statement. “Their verdict on punishment sends a clear message to anyone who attacks an Ellis County law enforcement officer that they will receive severe punishment for their conduct from the citizens of Ellis County.”