A former Hewitt man dubbed a “serial domestic abuser” by a prosecutor was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for assaulting the mother of his son.
Jurors in 19th State District Court recommended maximum sentences for Danny Wayne Alcoser after convicting the 42-year-old former mechanic and tow truck operator of assault/family violence with a prior assault, endangering a child and interference with a 911 call.
Based on the jury’s verdict, Judge Ralph Strother sentenced Alcoser to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the first count, two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine on the second count and a year in the county jail and a $4,000 fine on the last count.
The sentences will be served concurrently. Alcoser, who has a federal drug distribution conviction and five misdemeanor convictions, will be given credit for the two years he has been in the county jail awaiting trial. He will be eligible for parole after he serves five years in prison.
Trial testimony showed Alcoser physically assaulted Ursula Woessner, the mother of his young son, on at least four occasions starting in October 2015. He also assaulted another woman, Misty Adkins, in Hill County in 2013, choking her in front of her twin daughters and stuffing a comforter down her throat.
The jury followed the punishment recommendations of prosecutors Hilary LaBorde and Gabrielle Massey, who asked for maximum penalties. Massey called Alcoser a “serial domestic abuser.” LaBorde said that while Alcoser may have engendered some sympathy by talking about his untreated mental health issues, she reminded the jury that the trial was in the punishment phase, not the sympathy phase.
“What we need is Danny Wayne Alcoser to be afraid of what would happen in this room should he show up here again,” LaBorde said. “He spent five years in federal prison and came out and committed most of these crimes you have heard about after that. So that didn’t teach him anything.”
Defense attorneys Brittany Scaramucci and Jessi Freud told the jury Alcoser has not gotten the mental health treatment he needs and asked the panel for a 10-year sentence. Freud reminded the jury of a letter Woessner wrote that said she thought the year in jail Alcoser had already spent was enough for what he did.
Woessner, a former social worker with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, told the jury she met Alcoser while working on a case involving Alcoser’s oldest daughter. She said they did not start dating until after the case was closed.
She testified that Alcoser became physically violent with her on four occasions during the two and a half years they were together, including punching her in the face and choking her. She left him temporarily but returned.
She said Alcoser chased her around the bedroom and bathroom in May 2016 while she cradled their 10-month-old son in her arms, pushed her down into a bathtub and choked her. He broke her phone when she tried to call 911, she said.
Alcoser, who denied the allegations, told jurors he suffers from mental issues, including bipolar disorder. He has a federal felony conviction for distribution of methamphetamine and misdemeanor convictions for assault/family violence, resisting police, leaving the scene of an accident, bond jumping and DWI.
“He is lawless in about every single way you can be,” LaBorde said to the jury during summations. “So what do you want to do with him? He doesn’t respect police, he doesn’t respect women, he doesn’t care about kids, he uses drugs, he has mental health problems. I don’t know what else could be wrong with him, frankly.”