Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Assaulting a Peace Officer

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Ector County jury has sentenced a man to life in prison for striking a sheriff's deputy last year.

48-year-old Bennidito Bitolas was found guilty and sentenced Wednesday.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland tells NewsWest9 an Ector County Sheriff's Deputy pulled Bitolas over in February of last year. Bitolas then took off on foot and struck the deputy before being arrested.

Bitolas was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for having heroin. Bitolas has had prior run-ins with the law.