SAN ANGELO - A San Angelo man was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison following a trial Nov. 13-15 in the 119th District Court, DA John Best reported.

SAN ANGELO - A San Angelo man was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison following a trial Nov. 13-15 in the 119th District Court, DA John Best reported.

James Rosson, 62, was convicted of the crime after the jury found him guilty of striking a victim with his vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart on South Bryant Street on Dec. 9, 2016. Police said the driver of the vehicle left the scene at the time. Rosson reportedly called police and reported his vehicle stolen, but it was ultimately discovered that he made a false report to the San Angelo P.D.

The report indicates that Rosson struck the individual following an altercation with him in the crosswalk in front of the store. The investigation concluded that Rosson made a false report in order to cover up his involvement with the aggravated assault.

The prosecutors included Richard Villarreal, first assistant district attorney and Stuart Holden, assistant district attorney.

During the trial, according to San Angelo Live, prosecutors showed the jury the vehicular assault in high definition from four different Walmart cameras in vivid color. The videos showed Rosson’s white SUV turn in front of another vehicle and stop suddenly in the crosswalk in front of the store. Ernest Ortiz and his wife were leaving Walmart and Rosson’s vehicle almost hit them. Video and testimony shows Rosson stop and Ernest Ortiz with groceries in his left hand and a gallon of milk in his right tap the side of Rosson’s vehicle. Rosson then rolled down his window and a verbal argument ensued, San Angelo Live reported.

Video showed Ortiz and his wife Minerva continue to argue with Rosson as they pass in front of the SUV. At that point, Rosson’s Yukon lurches forward nudging Mr. Ortiz. As Mr. Ortiz crosses over in front of the vehicle, it lurches forward again striking Ortiz and throwing him in the air. He landed about five feet away on the pavement. He was treated and released from a San Angelo hospital.

“The citizens of Tom Green County deserve to feel safe in our community,” prosecutors commented following the trial and verdict. “ The District Attorney’s office will continue the fight to keep our community safe by prosecuting those individuals who gamble with the safety and lives of the citizens of Tom Green County by engaging in dangerous and violent behavior.”