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A man convicted of kidnapping a woman from a Fort Worth homeless shelter and attempting to sexually assault her at a roadside park faces life in prison.
Roy Lee Wells. Jr., who had rejected a plea offer of eight years before the trial in Waco began last week, will be sentenced in six weeks by Judge Ralph Strother, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Wells decided to have Strother assess punishment, and the judge will sentence Wells after reviewing a report from the probation department.
Wells faces life in prison on the aggravated kidnapping charge and 10 years on the attempted sexual assault charge.
A McLennan County jury found Wells, 42, guilty of the two charges on Thursday after deliberating four hours.
Wells was arrested in May 2016 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco after he took the woman there when she complained of possible heart problems.
The woman told jurors she had met Wells at a Fort Worth homeless shelter and was sexually assaulted twice in Fort Worth. The victim, a native of Ethiopia, testified with the assistance of an interpreter.
Wells later forced her into his car and started to drive to Waco, she testified. At some point, Wells stopped at a roadside park and attempted to sexually assault her, she told the jury.
The Fort Worth man became upset and hit her with a belt when she screamed and said no.
The woman told Wells she was having a heart attack, and he drove her to the Waco hospital.