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Bowman Found Guilty

Floyd Bowman

A Leon County Jury found Floyd Aaron Bowman guilty of Sexual Assault of a Child in a two day trial held in the Centerville Courtroom, December 3rd and 4th. After hearing the case presented by Leon County District Attorney Hope Knight and the defending attorney, A.C. Jenkins of Tyler, the jury took only a few minutes to pronounce Bowman guilty. The case was presided over by the Honorable District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans.

The same jury then took about 25 minutes to determine the sentence. The range of sentencing was from probation to 20 years and a possible fine up to $10,000. The jury chose to give the maximum in this case, and Bowman was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and fined $10,000.

In testimony from Investigator Don Craft of the Leon County Sheriff?s Department, the jury heard how the case was first brought to the attention of law enforcement. The hospital, where the 15 year old victim gave birth to a child, reported the birth to the authorities. Craft investigated, and with DNA testing, determined that Bowman was the father of the newborn and charges were brought against him.

Others testifying in the case were Dena Bowman, wife of Floyd Bowman; the victim who has had a second child; and the defendant himself.

Bowman was first arraigned on the charge of Sexual Assault of a Child in November of 2017. At that court proceeding, Bowman did not have an attorney. Judge Evans required Bowman to complete an application to determine if he qualified for a state appointed attorney. The judge did not appoint council at that time.

In December of 2017, Bowman again did not have an attorney and again filled out the application for assistance. The judge at that time appointed Attorney Chris Martin to defend Bowman.

In October of 2018, Bowman was in court on a Motion to Revoke and a Request to Change Counsel. When Judge Evans learned that Bowman had defied the court order to not have contact with the victim, she ordered Bowman held in the Leon County Jail until trial.

Evans granted the request for a change in counsel, and A.C. Jenkins took charge of the defense for Bowman.