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March 23, 2013

Grand jury issues indictment in officer assault

GREENVILLE — A Greenville man who has already served a sentence of life in prison now faces the possibility of a second life prison term, if convicted of threatening local police officers with a knife.

William Arthur Larson Jr. was indicted Friday by the Hunt County grand jury on two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant with a deadly weapon and one count of resisting arrest with a deadly weapon.

The grand jury issued a total of 71 indictments Friday, including 27 charges issued sealed, pending the arrest and arraignment of the person or persons named in the indictments.

Larson, 44, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail.

According to a report from the Greenville Police Department, officers responded at around 5:18 a.m. February 12 to a call from a man who stated that he had been stabbed. Officers learned that Larson was inside the residence on Jones Street.

The officers contacted Larson, who allegedly displayed a large knife and moved aggressively toward the officers. Larson was subdued with a Taser and disarmed. He was taken into custody for aggravated assault against a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

The caller was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center Emergency Room with a stab wound to the chest.

The charge of aggravated assault against a public servant carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000. The aggravated assault and resisting arrest with a weapon charges each carry a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Larson pleaded guilty in 1993 to a charge of aggravated robbery, in connection with a hold-up of a business in the 1800 block of Johnson Street in May of that year. Larson assaulted the elderly owner of the business during the robbery by hitting him in the head with a metal bumper jack.

On Nov. 30, 1993, then-District Judge Paul Banner sentenced Larson — who had previously served a prison sentence for convictions on charges of escape and forgery — to life in prison and ordered him to pay $550,000 in restitution to the victim. Court records do not indicate when Larson may have been released from prison.

Larson and Robert Michael Larson, also of Greenville, were indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in September of last year.

Each received two indictments for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence. William Larson was alleged to have threatened Robert Larson, and also a female victim, with a hammer on Aug. 4, 2012. Robert Larson was alleged to have used a pistol to threaten William Larson and another female victim on the same date.

The indictments against both defendants were dismissed in December.

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