July 31--FORT WORTH -- An ex-con was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday for hitting a T bus driver in the face and threatening him with a knife.
Carlos Fields, 40, was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.
Fields must serve half his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole, the release said.
Prosecutors presented evidence that on Feb. 13, 2012, Fields got on a bus at the downtown intermodal center and soon began cursing at the driver because of a short delay.
"At one point, the driver pulled over to call his supervisor and let Fields off, but Fields refused to exit," the release said.
Fields settled down, and the driver resumed the route. But a few minutes later in the 2200 block of Hemphill Street, Fields erupted again. The driver stopped and told him to get off. Fields threatened to "beat the brakes" off the bus driver.
He stepped off the bus but turned around and walked right back on with an open knife in his right hand and lunged toward the bus driver. He hit the driver the face with his left hand, the release said. The scene was recorded by the bus's security camera.
Police and T security people circulated flyers with photos of Fields. He was arrested two weeks later as he boarded another bus at the intermodal center.
The jury returned the 30-year sentence after hearing information about Fields' criminal record. He has been jailed 17 times and his convictions include robbery, assault, possession of a prohibited weapon and harassment of a public servant, the release said.
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3
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