Montevallo man sentenced in jail fight

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 31-year-old Montevallo man will spend the next 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to causing serious injuries to a pair of inmates in the Shelby County Jail and to striking a victim with a “hard metal object” in a separate 2013 incident.

Wooley

Wooley

Sylvester Tensy Wooley, who lists an address on Graham Street in Montevallo, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault, one count of domestic violence and one count of second-degree assault on March 3.

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves sentenced Wooley to 15 years in prison, and ordered Wooley to avoid initiating contact with any of the victims in the case. Wooley received 587 days of jail credit for time served in the Shelby County Jail before his guilty plea.

Wooley was arrested on March 27, 2013, and charged with one felony count of first-degree assault after he struck a victim with a “hard metal object” on March 21, 2013.

According to court records, Wooley posted bond from the Shelby County Jail on April 24, 2013. However, his bond was revoked after he was arrested in July 2013 and charged with domestic violence-strangulation and making terrorist threats after he allegedly strangled a woman and threatened to kill the police officers who arrested him.

A few months after his bond was revoked and he was re-booked into the Shelby County Jail, he was involved in an altercation in the jail, resulting in a new pair of second-degree assault charges.

During the altercation, Wooley assaulted inmate Angel Rubio Gonzalez “by hitting him in the chest, breaking ribs and hitting him about his body and face with his fists” and assaulted Jose Armando Erazo-Acosta “by hitting him in the face, breaking his nose and hitting him about his body with his fists.”

At the time of the assaults, Gonzalez was a suspect in a 2011 fatal crash on U.S. 280 and Erazo-Acosta was a suspect in the 2012 stabbing death of a Pelham man.

As a result of a plea agreement, one count of terrorist threat, one count of illegal possession of prescription drugs, one count of second-degree assault and a bond revocation charge were dropped against Wooley.