Larry Pearson was convicted and sentenced to 70 years in prison for spitting on two Lubbock, Texas police officers.
On Wednesday (April 12), a Lubbock jury found Pearson guilty on two counts of harassment of a public servant.
According to prosecutors, Pearson spat at two Lubbock Police officers who arrested him in May 2022.
He was arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly punching a woman in the face.
Prosecutors say Pearson was upset that he got arrested instead of the woman, and he started kicking on the doors inside the police vehicle and spitting at the officers when they opened the door.
Reportedly, he kept spitting at the officers until they arrived at the Lubbock County Detention Center.
During closing arguments in Pearson’s trial, prosecutor Jessica Gorman encouraged jurors to consider a sentence that would “send a message” to society.
The minimum sentence the jury could impose was 25 years due to Pearson having prior convictions for family violence and aggravated robbery, but they gave him 70 years.
Larry Pearson’s defense attorney Jim Shaw asked for a lighter sentence, stating that this case was about a “simple misdemeanor” that spiraled “out of control.”