Serial abuser and gang member sentenced to 75 years

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Brandon Woods, 33, of Dallas, was sentenced to 75 years in prison for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.  "Violent abusers who terrorize innocent victims will pay the price in Collin County" added Willis. 

In October 2017, Woods was placed on felony probation in Dallas County for two cases, including strangling his ex-girlfriend/mother of two of his children. In March 2018, while that ex-girlfriend was driving to the Richardson Police Department for safety, Woods followed her in his car and shot at her three times. All three shots hit her car, and one went through the door and through her abdomen, which required emergency surgery.

Woods pled guilty to Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Causing Serious Bodily Injury Family Violence in April, and a punishment hearing was scheduled for June.  At the punishment hearing, prosecutors Kim Laseter and Cresta Garland presented evidence of years of prior abuse and criminal activity by Woods, including a prison sentence for Burglary of a Habitation.

Richardson Police Department Detective Jules Farmer investigated the case and testified at the punishment hearing.  Dallas Police Department Detective/Task Force Officer Barrett Nelson of the Criminal Intelligence/Gang Unit also provided testimony about Woods' gang affiliation.

Judge Ray Wheless presided over the sentencing hearing and assessed punishment at 75 years in prison.

Prosecutors were aided by District Attorney Investigators Robin Laughon, Keith Henslee, Michael Coleman, and Victim Assistance Coordinator Stacey Taylor.